Rider dies after crash at Mountbatten Centre

Policeman Rich Schofield suffered fatal head and chest injuries during an event on Sunday.

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A rider has died following injuries sustained during a race at Portsmouth's Mountbatten Centre on Sunday.

PC Rich Schofield died at the city's Queen Alexandra Hospital today, after spending two days in a critical condition. PC Schofield suffered head and chest injuries in the fall.

A keen cyclist, PC Schofield won two gold medals and a silver medal in the World Police and Fire Games in Belfast last year.

Chief Constable Andy Marsh, who competed with him at that event, told the Daily Echo: “Richard's loss will have a huge impact on friends and colleagues across the service, not only in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight but across the UK.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this tragic time.”

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Nick Bull

Nick Bull is an NCTJ qualified journalist who has written for a range of titles, as well as being a freelance writer at Beat Media Group, which provides reports for the PA Media wire which is circulated to the likes of the BBC and Eurosport. His work at Cycling Weekly predominantly dealt with professional cycling, and he now holds a role as PR & Digital Manager at SweetSpot Group, which organises the Tour of Britain.