A MAN has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving after a cyclist was hit and killed.

The 50-year-old victim was found lying on the A27 in Chichester, near the Stockbridge roundabout, on Thursday morning.

Emergency services were unable to save him, and he died at the scene.

The man, who was from Hambledon in Hampshire, has not yet been formally identified.

A 60-year-old man from Norfolk was arrested on Friday evening on suspicion of causing death by careless driving.

He was interviewed and released under investigation.

The incident happened at 7.20am, with the cyclist appearing to have been wiped off his bike by a vehicle from behind when he was discovered.

He had been eastbound when he was found, with the bypass bypass between the Stockbridge and Whyke roundabouts being closed and diversions set up.

Police, paramedics and the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance attended, with scenes of crime officers also spotted at the site.

Detective Inspector Jason Hazzard, who is leading the investigation for Sussex Police, said on Thursday: “It is vital that anyone with information about this collision, or who thinks they may have been involved, comes forward to speak to us.

“It was a busy time on the road, and we believe there may be several witnesses who have not yet contacted us.

“In particular, we are keen to talk to two men wearing shorts and with tattooed legs who were seen beside a small white van which had stopped nearby.

“I’d also appeal to any drivers whose vehicles are fitted with dash-cams and who were on the A27 early on Thursday to check the footage for anything that may relate to this crash.”

Police are continuing their appeal for witnesses to the crash.

A force statement said: “Officers are still keen to talk to anyone who saw what happened or who may have other information, but who has not yet come forward.”

Anyone with information about it should call Sussex Police on 101 quoting Operation Redstone.

You can also report information online at sussex.police.uk/contact-us.