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Two London cyclists killed in past 36 hours - tipper truck involved in 2nd incident

Woman loses life at Bank this morning, while 60-year-old man killed in Harrow in early hours of Sunday

Two cyclists have been killed in London over the past 36 hours, bringing the number of riders to have lost their lives in the capital this year to eight. A driver was arrested following the death of a man in Harrow in the early hours of Sunday morning and a woman was killed in an incident involving a tipper truck at Bank Junction in the City of London at rush hour this morning.

A spokeswoman for the London Ambulance Service told the London Evening Standard that paramedics were called to this morning’s incident at the junction of Threadneedle Street and Prince’s Street at 9am.

She added: "We sent a number of resources to the scene including an ambulance crew, a single responder in a car and London's Air Ambulance. We remain at the scene."

City of London Police confirmed in a tweet sent at 9.46am that the woman had died. In response, Twitter user Fiona Booth said: “I saw this happen on my cycle to work this morning. Heartbreaking.”

The victim is the eighth cyclist to have been killed in London so far this year, with large vehicles involved in all but one of those fatal crashes, the exception being the one that claimed the life of a 60-year-old man in Harrow at the weekend.

London Ambulance Service called the Metropolitan Police to the scene at Forward Drive at 0004 hours on Sunday 21 June.

The victim, a 60-year-old man named as Clifton James, had what police described as “serious head injuries” and was pronounced dead an hour later. His next-of-kin have been informed. James was cycling home from work in Harrow, and was just yards from home when the collision occurred.

The driver of the vehicle involved, a 31-year-old man, stopped at the scene of the incident and was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

He has been bailed to a date in mid-September while police continue their investigation.

The incident is being handled by officers from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit at Alperton Traffic Garage and anyone who saw it or has information is asked to call police on 020 8991 9555 or the charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on  0800 555111.

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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