Policeman dies after cycle accident

A police officer died after he crashed into a tree while out cycling with friends.

Detective Inspector Pete Parchment was cycling near Pateley Bridge in NorthYorkshire when he hit the tree on Wednesday at around 10.40am.

The 49-year-old suffered serious injuries and despite the efforts of his friends and paramedics, was pronounced dead at the scene.

At this stage it appears no one else or any other vehicles were involved, a force spokewoman said.

The officer, who was wearing a cycle helmet at the time of the incident, had served with Nottinghamshire Police for nearly 24 years.

Pete Parchment was an exceptional police officer who served the public of Nottinghamshire for nearly 24 years.

"The thoughts of everyone at Nottinghamshire Police are with his family as they attempt to come to terms with this tragic news."

– Chris Eyre, Nottinghamshire Police Chief Constable