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Fatal lorry crash near GCHQ 'not suspicious'

Simon McDonnell died after being hit by a lorry on the A40 Photo: Family photo

Officers investigating the death of a man in Cheltenham are no longer treating it as suspicious.

Simon McDonnell died following a collision with a HGV lorry on the A40 near GCHQ at around 2am on Thursday. His death is being treated as a tragic accident.

Gloucestershire Police closed off a section of the A40 – a few hundred metres from the Government communications headquarters – while forensic officers carried out their examinations of the scene.

Police closed off a section of the A40 near to GCHQ Credit: ITV News

Two men, aged 51 and 62, who had been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving have been released.

Police say they have been working hard to identify vehicles in the area at the time and their movements, and after extensive CCTV inquiries they concluded that Mr McDonnell's death was non-suspicious and will now compile evidence for the coroner.

"My thoughts are with Simon's family and I hope our work will help provide them with answers as the case progresses to the coroner's court in due course.

"Our officers are also continuing inquiries around whether any other criminal offences have been committed as a result of Mr McDonnell's death.

"I hope everyone will understand that due to the inquest process that will now follow we cannot give further detail at this time. "However, I want to thank the community once more for their assistance during our investigation."

– Detective Superintendent Sarah Davenport, of the major crime investigation team