Appeal for identity of unknown cyclist

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THE West Sussex Coroners Office is seeking the identity of a mystery man who died when he fell from his bicycle in Chichester.

At about 8.20pm on Saturday, March 30, a member of the public heard a bike falling over in Westgate, Chichester, and found a man lying on the ground gasping.

He was taken to St. Richard’s Hospital, Chichester where he was pronounced dead.

A police investigation has discounted any suspicious circumstances or any road collision and a post mortem has shown that the man died of natural causes.

He is described as white, about 60 years, 5’9”, of large build, with long grey unkempt hair, bushy eyebrows, thick sideburns and of unshaven appearance.

He was wearing a white shirt with blue and yellow vertical stripes, a multicoloured chequered squares tie, dark green scarf of Roxburgh make, a green fleece of EWM make, black trousers, a brown leather belt, and size 8 fawn suede lace up shoes.

He had with him a ladies shopper cycle that contained lots of empty carrier bags. Also in his possession was an IK wristwatch and a key ring with a Yale type key and a key fob with the words Brighton and another with Mid Hants Railway.

A Chichester Marks & Spencer receipt in his pocket shows a purchase at 6.20pm on 30 March, the same evening.

Coroner’s officer, Chris Clinch, said; “This man’s identity is still a mystery, so if you recognise him from the description, please call us via 101 quoting serial 1281 of 30 March.”