Lorry driver with 'no explanation' for crashing into cyclist is spared prison

Alun Tarr's 12-month sentence is suspended for two years

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A lorry driver who admitted that he was "avoidably distracted" and had "no explanation" for hitting and seriously injuring a cyclist on an empty road has been spared time in prison.

Alun Tarr crashed into cyclist Anthony O’Rourke in the early hours of February 17 on Queens Drive, Walton, a straight road which was described as being empty with no other vehicles around at the time of the crash, and that O'Rourke had been wearing reflective clothing.

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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.