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Cycling legend Robinson given crash payout

British cycling legend Brian Robinson has received £15,000 compensation after a car knocked him off his bike in West Yorkshire.

Brian at the start of the Tour de Yorkshire in Wakefield in May

Robinson was left with a fractured collarbone and ribs, a punctured lung and a deep cut to his arm when he was in collision with the car during a bike ride with friends last year.

But the 84-year-old, who was the first Briton to win a Tour de France stage and still rides 80 miles a week, was back in the saddle just six weeks after the accident.

The collision happened on July 16 last year, less than a fortnight after the veteran road racer was one of the guests of honour when the Tour de France visited his home county of Yorkshire.

Robinson, who won his first Tour stage in 1958, was cycling with friends in Thornhill when the car pulled out in front of him, knocking him to the ground.

Law firm Leigh Day confirmed that Robinson had received a £15,000 settlement for the costs of his bike and his injuries.

Andrew Bradley, head of the cycling team at Leigh Day, said: "Cycling is Brian's life and we are extremely pleased to have played a role in getting him back on his bike. It has also been an honour to have helped a legend of the cycling world in his legal claim."

Robinson, from Mirfield, West Yorkshire, said: "I would have preferred that it had not happened but I have been pleasantly surprised by how this incident has been handled through my British Cycling membership.

"I have had a great medical once-over and I am obviously pleased with the compensation which has enabled me to get back on my bike as quickly as possible."

Police identify stabbing victim from Grimsby

Police investigating the death of a man in Grimsby have identified him as 69-year-old John Smith.

Mr Smith was found dead at his home in Carnforth Crescent at 6.30am on Monday. Police say he suffered an injury caused by a knife.

Detectives are treating his death as "unexplained" and are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

We have now been able to contact the family of Mr Smith and specially trained officers are now providing support to them following his death. The Major Crime Team is working on this investigation and we are making extensive enquiries to establish events leading up to the death of John SMITH, which we are treating as suspicious but as yet unexplained. A thorough investigation has been underway since the death was discovered with numerous lines of enquiry being identified and pursued. The question of whether anyone else is linked to his death remains unanswered and we are therefore keen to establish more information in connection with John Smith’s lifestyle. We would ask anyone who can help us with that aspect, such as places he might frequent or people he may associate with to contact us as soon as possible.

– Detective Chief Inspector Umberto Cuozzo

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