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Cyclist dead after collision with HGV near Liverpool

Police appeal for witnesses to fatality in Hunts Cross

A cyclist has died after a collision with an HGV in Hunts Cross, near Liverpool this afternoon.

According to a Merseyside Police spokesman, emergency services were called to Hillfoot Avenue at 1.50pm to reports a cyclist and a HGV had been in collision. The male cyclist was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the HGV stopped at the scene and is assisting police with their enquiries.

The man is yet to be formally identified and officers are working to trace his next of kin.

The incident happened on Hillfoot Avenue (as the traffic travels towards Halewood), before the Hunts Cross junction.

Officers have asked that anyone who was in the area at the time and who may have witnessed this incident to contact 0151 777 5747 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

John has been writing about bikes and cycling for over 30 years since discovering that people were mug enough to pay him for it rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work.

He was heavily involved in the mountain bike boom of the late 1980s as a racer, team manager and race promoter, and that led to writing for Mountain Biking UK magazine shortly after its inception. He got the gig by phoning up the editor and telling him the magazine was rubbish and he could do better. Rather than telling him to get lost, MBUK editor Tym Manley called John’s bluff and the rest is history.

Since then he has worked on MTB Pro magazine and was editor of Maximum Mountain Bike and Australian Mountain Bike magazines, before switching to the web in 2000 to work for Along with founder Tony Farrelly, John was on the launch team for and subsequently became editor in chief of Future Publishing’s group of cycling magazines and websites, including Cycling Plus, MBUK, What Mountain Bike and Procycling.

John has also written for Cyclist magazine, edited the BikeMagic website and was founding editor of before handing over to someone far more representative of the site's main audience.

He joined in 2013. He lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.

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