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Police issue fresh witness appeal over New Year's Day death of Hants cyclist

Driver arrested on suspicion of causing death of cyclist on A3 but police seek more witnesses to incident

Police in Hampshire have issued a fresh witness appeal in connection with the death of 32-year-old cyclist Robert Stephenson on New Year’s Day.

Mr Stephenson was killed in a collision involving multiple vehicles on the A3 near Liphook, near the southern entrance to the Hindhead Tunnel.

A man aged 33 years from Waterlooville was subsequently arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving, and has been bailed until 8 April while enquiries continue.

In a statement published on Hampshire Constabulary’s website, senior investigating officer Sergeant Darren Ord said: "I'd like to thank members of the public who have come forward to assist the investigation so far.

"We want to hear from more motorists who may have seen the cyclist heading southbound on the A3 just after the Hindhead Tunnel shortly after 7am on New Year's Day (Thursday, January 1, 2015).

"Another line of enquiry is anyone who saw a vehicle that appeared to be broken down on the near-side of the southbound carriageway.

"This vehicle was described as a Ford Fiesta car derived van with its hazard lights on and a flashing orange light roof beacon," he added.

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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