Lincolnshire

Tributes paid to bus death rugby teacher Michael Beard

Michael Beard Image copyright Family handout
Image caption Michael Beard was described as "an example to us all"

Tributes have been paid to a rugby teacher who was fatally struck by a bus while cycling near the school where he worked.

Michael Beard, 31, worked at Lincoln Christ's Hospital School and was on his way to a tournament when he was hit.

He died at the scene on the junction of Wragby Road and Ruskin Avenue.

Headteacher Martin Mckeown described him as a dedicated teacher and said the whole school was devastated.

He said: "We are still coming to terms with this tragic loss and we are working to support both students and staff.

"Our heartfelt thoughts and condolences are with Mr Beard's family."

He added: "Mr Beard really was an example to us all and we are lucky to have had the pleasure, both personal and professional, of working alongside him."

Image caption A signed rugby shirt and ball were hung from a tree as a mark of respect to the popular teacher

Pupils also left messages for the teacher, who died on Wednesday afternoon.

One read: "We are really going to miss you, you helped me believe in myself."

More tributes were posted on social media, including messages of support for his family.

Mr Beard worked for the Rugby Football Union on its schools programme and was also a regional development officer for touch rugby.

A fund set up to help support Mr Beard's family has reached more than £5,000.

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