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Hundreds of cyclists pay their respects to friend killed in road collision

Otley comes to a standstill to pay tribute to dead cyclist Credit: Helen Steel

Hundreds of cyclists are riding out in West Yorkshire today in honour of their friend who died in an accident on a country road near Bolton Abbey last weekend.

Forty-four-year-old father of three, Craig Armitage, was taking part in the Otley Reliability Ride to Kettlewell last Sunday when he was killed.

Friends have described Mr Armitage as a family man who was passionate about cycling and helping others. Along with friend and business partner, Jonathan Farnaby, he had started up Otley-based cycle coaching firm In Gear Coaching.

Today those friends held a minute's silence at the Lawnswood Arms, Otley Road, Leeds, before riding his favourite routes.

Police appeal after cyclist killed in crash near Bolton Abbey

Police are appealing for witnesses after a cyclist was killed in a crash near Bolton Abbey.

It happened around 11.30am on Sunday February 15, 2015, on the B6160 between Bolton Abbey and Barden Tower, involving a silver Hyundai i30 car and a pedal cycle, which was travelling in the company of two other bikes.

The cyclist, a man in his forties from the Otley area, was pronounced dead at the scene.

"If you witnessed the incident- or saw the car or cycles involved prior to the collision - I urge you to come forward as you have important information that could assist the investigation.

I woud also like to thank the members of the public who stopped at the scene to lend assistance in the immediate aftermath of this tragic incident."

– Traffic Constable Ken Riley, Skipton Roads Policing Group


Extra police patrols after man approaches teenage girls in Otley park

Police have issued an appeal for information after a man approached a teenage girl in a park in Otley on Sunday.

The 13-year-old girl was with friends in a play area off Tealbeck Approach just after 3pm when she was approached. The girls were alarmed and ran off.

The man was described as white, aged in his sixties or seventies, with thick grey hair. He was wearing a green jacket. He was driving a silver saloon car with a spoiler on the boot. He was with a woman who was described as white, aged in her fifties or sixties, with short dark brown hair in a bob style.

We would like to hear from anyone who saw this man or the vehicle in the area or who has any information that could assist the investigation. It is possible that there may be an explanation for what occurred and, if that was the case, I would appeal directly to the man involved to contact us. Officers from the local neighbourhood policing are increasing their patrols in the area to reassure the community.

– Detective Sergeant Andy Cass, of Leeds District CID

Body found in river near Otley

The body of a man has been found in the river near Otley. Police were called to Pool Road early this evening after reports of an unlocked car on the river bank. It's thought the car belonged to a fisherman. West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service searched the river and found a man who was pronounced dead at the scene.

Otley greets Le Tour with singing, dancing and costumes

Thousands of people packed the centre of Otley on Saturday to watch Le Tour pass through the chicane in the main street. They began arriving early in the morning to line the streets.

The caravane of publicity trucks drove through at around 10:15am with the cyclists following a couple of hours later.

Waiting to greet them were singers, morris dancers and some very colourful costumes as well as many amateur cyclists who use the town as a base. James Webster was there to soak up the atmosphere:


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