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One cyclist killed, another seriously hurt, in separate collisions involving tractors

Fatal incident in Suffolk on Friday happened hours after head-on crash near Aviemore

Police have launched an appeal for witnesses after a cyclist died following a collision involving a tractor in Lincolnshire.

The fatal crash happened in Fen Street, Redgrave, at around 9.40am on the morning of Friday 23 August.

The cyclist was taken to West Suffolk Hospital for treatment but died from his injuries yesterday.

Suffolk Police said that next of kin had been informed and named the victim as Leonard Bates, aged 67, and from the Ingham area.

When police released their statement yesterday, Mr Bates had not yet been formally identified.

Anyone who saw the incident or has any information, including dashcam or similar footage, us asked to contact the Serious Collision Team at Suffolk Police on 101 quoting reference CAD 79 of 23 August.

Separately, a cyclist was seriously injured following another incident involving a tractor in the Scottish Highlands on Thursday.

Police said the cyclist, a 43-year-old man, was riding east and the tractor being driven west when the collision happened at 7.15pm on Carr Road in Carrbridge, around 10 kilometres north of Aviemore.

He was taken to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness for treatment following the incident, and was subsequently transferred to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary where he was said to be in a serious condition.

Sergeant David Miller said: "We are working to establish the full circumstances of this collision and anyone who may be able to help is asked to come forward.

"I would appeal to anyone who may have seen the tractor or a group of bicycles on the road prior to the collision to get in touch," he added.

"Anyone who could help our enquiries can call 101, quoting reference NM1637/19."

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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