Carmarthenshire: Cyclist killed by van was 'well-respected sergeant'

image captionDyfed-Powys Police says Sgt Thomas was declared dead at the scene

A "well-respected serving police officer" died when she was hit by a van while cycling on a dual carriageway in Carmarthenshire.

Sgt Lynwen Thomas was declared dead at the scene of the crash at about 18:45 GMT on Thursday, on the westbound A40 near Bancyfelin.

The driver of the van was later arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and has been released on bail.

Dyfed-Powys Police has appealed for witnesses to contact them.

Chief Constable Mark Collins said it was a "terribly sad day" for the force.

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"It is with great sadness that we confirm the tragic and sudden loss of a member of the Dyfed-Powys Police family," the force added in a statement.

"Sergeant Lynwen Thomas was a well-respected serving police officer, who passed away following a collision yesterday evening.

"Our thoughts are with her family, friends and colleagues, who have all been offered specialist support."