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West Yorkshire cyclist killed as motorist speeds away from police

Fatal incident took place in Bingley on Tuesday evening

A cyclist has been killed in West Yorkshire after a driver failed to stop when asked to do so by police officers and drove away from them at speed.

The fatal incident happened at around 7.34pm yesterday evening in Cottingley Cliffe Road, Bingley, say West Yorkshire Police.

The force said that officers on patrol in a vehicle became suspicious about the driver of a silver Vauxhall Vectra and attempted to stop the vehicle, “but it made off at speed and collided with a male cyclist a short distance away.”

The victim, aged 55, died at the scene, while the motorist, a 22-year-old man, was arrested and is in police custody.

West Yorkshire Police added: “Due to the circumstances an immediate referral has been made to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.”

Anyone who witnessed the collision or has information is requested to contact the Major Collision Enquiry Team on 101, quoting log 1743 of 19 July.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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