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Coach driver charged over deaths of two brothers killed while cycling last December

Carlisle man due to appear at Workington Magistrates' Court next Friday...

Cumbria Constabulary have arrested a 43-year-old man from Carlisle in connection with the death almost exactly a year ago of two brothers killed while cycling on the A595 near Silloth.

Robert Wightman, has been charged with two counts of causing death by dangerous driving in connection with the incident on 5 December 2010 that claimed the lives of Christian Townend, aged 29, and his 21-year-old brother Nicholas, known as Niggy.

Wightman, who was driving a coach involved in the incident and who was arrested by police at the time, is due to appear at Workington Magistrates Court next Friday 9 December.

The news comes just days after the death of another cyclist elsewhere in Cumbria.

Geoff Davis, aged 51 and from Kendal, lost his life on the A590 at Levens in an incident involving two Volkswagen cars, a Golf and a Passat, reports the Westmoreland Gazzette.

A police investigation into that incident is continuing, and anyone with information is asked to call them on 0845 3300247.



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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