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Police appeal for witnesses to collision in Marylebone on Wednesday morning

Police have arrested a lorry driver on suspicion of drug driving after a cyclist sustained critical injuries in central London yesterday morning.

The Metropolitan Police say that they were called by the London Ambulance Service at 9.50am to the scene of the collision at the junction of Seymour Street and Portman Square in Marylebone.

The cyclist, a 73-year-old man, was taken to a hospital in central London and was said last night to be in a critical condition.

The lorry driver, a 29-year-old male, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of drug driving and dangerous driving.

He was interviewed at a police station in central London and subsequently released under investigation.

Detective Constable Alex Price from the Met's Serious Collision Investigation Unit commented: "This collision happened at a busy time of day in a heavily populated area.

“I am sure that a number of people will have witnessed the collision and I urge anyone who saw what happened but has not yet spoken with officers to come forward without delay."

Anyone who has information regarding the incident is urged to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 020 8543 5157 or by calling 101 quoting reference 188/30 May.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.