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Cyclist killed on charity journey

A cyclist who died in a road accident in Somerset had been on the final days of a charity bike ride from John O' Groats to Land's End, police have said.

Graham Lees, a 48-year-old father-of-two who lived near Warwick, died on Thursday on the A38 near Taunton when he was struck by two vehicles.

Police said Mr Lees had been raising money for the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance.

The accident happened at about 1745 BST between Walford Cross and Monkton Elm.

'Sorely missed'

Police have appealed for witnesses.

Mr Lees was managing director of Banbury-based Cotswold Lifts.

In a statement the firm said Mr Lees would be sorely missed by his family, friends and colleagues.

"His interests were many - including flying, motorbiking and raising money for charity," a spokesman said.

"He was very proud to have raised 10,000 in 2006 For Breast Cancer Care, a cause very close to home. He leaves a widow and two teenage children."

According to the website, Mr Lees had raised almost 5,000 for the air ambulance service after again setting a target of 10,000.

Cyclist dies in main road crash
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