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Charity cyclist dies in road accident in Telford

A charity cyclist has died in road accident while on a trip from John O' Groats to Land's End.

Arthur Platt, 37, from Lyndhurst, Hampshire, died in hospital on Tuesday after his bicycle crashed into a car on the A442 in Telford, Shropshire.

The leisure centre shift manager was raising money for soldiers' charity Help for Heroes.

Bob Millard, New Forest District Council's head of leisure, said: "He will be sorely missed."

He added: "I've known Arthur for many years, firstly as a very committed rugby player and for the last nine years as a loyal and dedicated member of our leisure team.

"Arthur put total effort into everything he did and this was no better demonstrated than by his charity bike ride."

Mr Platt chose Help for Heroes because ill-health prevented him from joining the Army.

Totton Health and Leisure Centre, where Mr Platt worked, was closed on Thursday as a mark of respect.

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