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Police witness appeal after Grantham cyclist death Sunday

Driver arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving

A cyclist in his thirties has died after a collision with a car near Grantham, Lincolnshire on Sunday morning.

Emergency services were called to the B6403, High Dyke at Barkston Heath at about 0915 on Sunday April 12 where a blue Mercedes car had been in collision with a cyclist.

The cyclist, a man from the local area believed to be in his thirties died and the driver of the car, a man in his fifties, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and later released on police bail. 

Lincolnshire Police are appealing for anyone who was in the area of the High Dyke near Barkston Heath about 0915 on Sunday morning and saw either the blue Mercedes or the cyclist before the collision or saw the collision itself to get in touch via the 101 number.

Constable John Parkhouse from the Roads Policing Unit is dealing with the incident.

Update, April 17: Police have named the victim as Timothy Alan Smith, 32, from Grantham

John has been writing about bikes and cycling for over 30 years since discovering that people were mug enough to pay him for it rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work.

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 Along with founder Tony Farrelly, John was on the launch team for 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 before handing over to someone far more representative of the site's main audience.

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

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