Hit and run manhunt launched after cyclist dies

An urgent appeal for witnesses to a hit-and-run collision between a bicycle and a motor vehicle on the A27 at Chichester early on Thursday (10 May) is being made after the cyclist sadly died at the scene.

The collision occurred at around 7.20am on the eastbound carriageway of the A27, just beyond the Stockbridge roundabout. Emergency services, including the Kent, Surrey and Sussex air ambulance, were quickly in attendance but were unable to save the cyclist, a man aged 50 from Hampshire.

Police closed the eastbound A27 Chichester By-Pass between the Stockbridge and Whyke roundabouts and set up local diversions. These measures remain in place for the time being, although it is hoped to fully re-open the A27 before the evening peak.

Detective Inspector Jason Hazzard, leading an investigation into the incident, said: “It is vital that anyone with information about this collision, or who thinks they may have been involved, comes forward to speak to us. It was a busy time on the road, and we believe there may be several witnesses who have not yet contacted us.

“In particular, we are keen to talk to two men wearing shorts and with tattooed legs who were seen beside a small white van which had stopped nearby.

“I’d also appeal to any drivers whose vehicles are fitted with dash-cams and who were on the A27 early on Thursday to check the footage for anything that may relate to this crash.”

Det Insp Hazzard added: “I’d like to thank drivers whose journeys were disrupted by this incident for their patience and understanding.

Anyone with information is asked to report details online or by phoning 101, quoting Operation Redstone.