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Decision taken in light of forensic collision investigators' report into fatal crash in Cumbria last year...

A  driver has been acquitted of killing a cyclist in Cumbria after the Crown Prosecution Service decided to offer no evidence at his trial.

Nathan James Holme, aged 24 and from Kendal, had pleaded not guilty at an earlier hearing of causing the death through careless driving of Joseph Eric Park on 7 March 2018.

Mr Park, aged 74 and known as Eric, died in a collision involving Mr Holme’s Audi A3 on the A6 in Church Street, Milnthorpe, reports The Westmoreland Gazette.

Mr Holme had been due to stand trial today at Carlisle Crown Court.

However, Nicola Gatto, prosecuting, told Judge Nicholas Barker that the CPS had decided to offer no evidence against the motorist in the light of a report compiled by forensic collision investigators appointed by both the prosecution and defence.

“As such my instructions are to offer no evidence,” she told the court.

Addressing Mr Holme, Judge Barker said: “In those circumstances I return a verdict of not guilty.

“That results in this matter coming to a conclusion. You are discharged and can leave the dock.”

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