Police appeal for witnesses to incident on Thursday afternoon

Two men have been arrested after a hit-and-run crash yesterday that left a 74-year-old bike rider dead on the A449 Stafford Road in Wolverhampton, according to a report from the Express and Star.

Police issued an alert to be on the look out for a black Seat with damage to the front, and last night recovered a black Seat Leon from a nearby garage.

Two men aged 30 and 33 were arrested and released on bail while investigations continue.

The crash victim, whose name has not yet been released, was confirmed dead at the scene despite the efforts of paramedics to help him.

Sgt Tim Rogers, from the Collision Investigation Unit, said: "This was a tragic case where a man has lost his life and the driver of the vehicle involved failed to stop and contact police.

"I want to thank the public for the response to our appeal to trace the car yesterday and would continue to ask anyone who witnessed what happened or anyone with any information to come forward and call us."

Witnesses should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.

Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.

Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.

The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.