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Tributes paid to cyclist killed in lorry crash

The family of a cyclist who died after a collision with a lorry on the A66 last week have paid tribute to a "devoted family man" who "will be sorely missed."

Sean Ruff was 61-years-old and from Cleadon village near Sunderland.

“Sean was a devoted family man. He was a hugely committed and highly principled man who gave 100% to everything he did – family, sport, rugby coach, fundraiser and passionate Sunderland supporter.

“He was an avid cyclist and always wore the correct cycling safety equipment and clothing.

“He died doing something he loved and will be sorely missed. We would hope that any witnesses would come forward to assist the police with their enquiries into his tragic death.”

– Statement from family of Sean Ruff

Cyclist named in fatal lorry crash

Police have named a cyclist who died after a collision with a lorry on the A66 on Tuesday 21 May as 61-year-old Sean Ruff from Cleadon Village near Sunderland.

The incident involved an Argos delivery wagon and happened just after 6pm on the A66 westbound near to the Eaglescliffe slip road.

Sean Ruff died after his bicycle was involved in a collision with a lorry Credit: Cleveland Police

A 49-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and has been bailed pending further enquiries.

Any witnesses to the incident are being asked to contact the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit on the non-emergency 101 number.