Tributes to St Leonards crash cyclist Jamie Murray

John Lomath
Image caption John Lomath paid tribute to his nephew and said he was a loving person who would help anyone

The family of a 23-year-old cyclist who died in a hit-and-run crash in East Sussex have paid tribute to him.

Jamie Murray died at the scene after he was hit by a car on the A259 in St Leonards in the early hours of New Year's Day.

His uncle John Lomath said his nephew, a scaffolder from Hastings, was a loving person who would help anyone.

Three men and a teenager who were arrested after the death have been bailed.

'Always there'

When asked how the family were coping, Mr Lomath said: "Not very well, to be honest. Everyone's just breaking down at the moment."

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Image caption Jamie Murray's family said the hardest part was not knowing what had happened

Paying tribute to his nephew, he said: "He was always there. He was always down my house helping me out - he'd help anyone. He was a loving person."

Mr Lomath said the hardest part was not knowing what had happened.

"No-one knows 100% exactly what's happened yet. It's just waiting for answers really," he said.

"I think that's the worst part. It's just not knowing."

Three men, one aged 33 and two aged 24, and a 17-year-old boy from Bexhill who were arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving have been bailed until March.

Two of the arrested men - the 33-year-old from Bexhill, and a 24-year-old from Hastings - were also arrested on suspicion of driving while unfit through drink or drugs.

The other, a 24-year-old, also from Bexhill, was held on suspicion of aggravated vehicle-taking.

Police said the crash involved a Ford Focus and a cyclist at about 04:00 GMT at the junction with Warrior Square.

Officers said the car continued for a short distance before stopping on the A259 and a number of young men were seen to get out of the car and run away.

Police are still appealing for witnesses.

Image caption Jamie Murray was killed close to the Royal Victoria Hotel
Image caption Floral tributes have been left at the scene

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