Dorset

Bournemouth 'hit-and-run': Arrests over cyclist death

Christopher Gibbs Image copyright Dorset Police
Image caption Christopher Gibbs was pronounced dead at the scene

A man and woman have been arrested following the death of a cyclist.

Christopher Gibbs, 30, from Poole, was struck on the southbound carriageway of the A338 Spur Road in Bournemouth at about 22:40 BST. He died at the scene.

A white Mercedes van - later found in the Nursling area of Southampton - was reported to have hit the cyclist and failed to stop, police said.

Police said the pair, both aged 57 and from Southampton, were assisting officers with inquiries.

The man was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and failing to stop at the scene of a collision.

The woman was detained on suspicion of assisting an offender, police added.

Mr Gibbs's family issued a statement paying tribute to a "well-loved and respected son".

Insp Matt Butler said: "We have specially-trained officers supporting the cyclist's family at this difficult time."

He appealed to trace witnesses who were in Verwood, Dorset, or on the A31 or the A338 between 21:30 and 22:40.

The Spur Road was closed overnight between the Ashley Heath roundabout and the Blackwater junction.

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