Cyclist who died in Southwick Bridge crash with van is named

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image captionHelen Renton was cycling on a coastal route between Dumfries and Dalbeattie when she was fatally injured

A 44-year-old cyclist who died in a collision with a van in Dumfries and Galloway has been named by police.

Helen Renton was fatally injured at Southwick Bridge near Mainsriddle on the coastal route between Dumfries and Dalbeattie, at about 13:05 on Sunday.

Police Scotland said Ms Renton, who lived in Dumfries, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver and passenger in the white Peugeot van were both uninjured in the incident.

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Police said several people stopped to help at the scene and inquiries are continuing to establish what happened.

The local health board - where Ms Renton worked as a midwife - said it had been "incredibly saddened" by her death.

"Helen had only been with NHS Dumfries and Galloway for a short time," it said in a statement.

"But in that period she had very quickly become an extremely highly valued and respected midwife as well as being a very much-loved colleague and friend."

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