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Father's call for safer streets after cyclist dies plunging down steps in dark alley

Warren Dowling died after mistakenly cycling down steps in a dark alley in Norwich.

The father of a cyclist who died after plunging down steps in a dark alleyway is calling for more to be done to make the streets safer.

Warren Dowling's body was discovered alongside his bike near Dereham Road in Norwich.

He was on his way back from a night out when his phone's navigation took him down a route he hadn't used before.

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Warren died as he cycled home on an unfamiliar path and crashed down this flight of steps - breaking his neck.

A pre-inquest review heard Warren died of "traumatic injuries due to excessive alcohol consumption".

But his father Patrick says he doesn't think drink was to blame. Instead he says it was the lack of lighting and warning signs.

Warren's father Patrick wants more to be done to make the streets safer for cyclists.

Since Warren's death, Norfolk County Council have put in these staggered barriers to slow people down.

The council has also cut back branches to keep people safe at night and a street light that was identified as faulty has since been replaced.

Norfolk County Council say the safety of cyclists is extremely important to them.

"We carry out an assessment of the area to identify whether further safety measures should be considered.

"The inquest into this tragic incident is still ongoing and we await the findings of the coroner when the case resumes next month."

– Norfolk County Council
Warren was found dead with a broken neck after a night out.