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Notts police release new CCTV in search for witnesses to August cyclist death

Cyclists, joggers and van driver seen in area asked to help

Nottinghamshire police have released new CCTV footage of a light-coloured van they would like to trace following a collision in August in which a cyclist was killed. They are appealing for the van's driver and other witnesses to the incident to come forward.

Nicholas Highfield, 41, of the Mansfield Woodhouse area, died after being in a collision with a green Izuzu 4x4 on the A60 Leeming Lane South at around 9.50pm on Thursday 21 August 2014.

A 33-year-old man was arrested in connection with the incident and was released on bail.

Police have released the new footage, taken at the One Stop Shop at the junction of Leeming Lane and Old Mill Lane, in the hope that it will prompt more witnesses to come forward. They would like to speak to the van's driver and a number of cyclists and joggers seen in the area.

Detective Connie Xavier said: “Despite the amount of time that has passed, we hope this footage could jog the memory of anyone who was in the area that night.

“Any information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, could help detectives to understand how this tragic collision took Mr Highfield’s life.”

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He was heavily involved in the mountain bike boom of the late 1980s as a racer, team manager and race promoter, and that led to writing for Mountain Biking UK magazine shortly after its inception. He got the gig by phoning up the editor and telling him the magazine was rubbish and he could do better. Rather than telling him to get lost, MBUK editor Tym Manley called John’s bluff and the rest is history.

Since then he has worked on MTB Pro magazine and was editor of Maximum Mountain Bike and Australian Mountain Bike magazines, before switching to the web in 2000 to work for CyclingNews.com. Along with road.cc founder Tony Farelly, John was on the launch team for BikeRadar.com and subsequently became editor in chief of Future Publishing’s group of cycling magazines and websites, including Cycling Plus, MBUK, What Mountain Bike and Procycling.

John has also written for Cyclist magazine, edited the BikeMagic website and was founding editor of TotalWomensCycling.com before handing over to someone far more representative of the site's main audience.

He joined road.cc in 2013. He lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.

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