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Probe into north Cornwall cycle crash which killed John Phillips

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: November 16, 2012

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  • SORELY MISSED: John Phillips with the Duchess of Cornwall at the opening of the new Camelford Primary School last year. Keen cyclist Mr Phillips died in an accident on Bodmin Moor on Sunday.

  • TRIBUTES: Flowers left at the scene of the fatal crash.

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INQUIRIES are continuing into a collision on Sunday morning in which a well-known North Cornwall man died while cycling with friends.

Tributes have flowed in for John Phillips, 50, who lived at Delabole and was chairman of both the governors of Camelford Primary School and of Camelford Carnival.

Mr Phillips, 50, was the former manager of a Cornwall Care home at Wadebridge but recently took over a countywide role.

He had been cycling with two friends between Longstone and St Mabyn when he was involved in a collision with a Land Rover, driven by a St Mabyn man, which was towing a trailer.

Mr Phillips died from his injuries at the scene.

Police say a full investigation is under way involving specially trained roads' policing officers and the serious collisions unit.

Any witnesses are asked to call the police on 101, quoting reference 335 of 11/11/12.

Mr Phillips and his wife Sandra, who was on duty as a St John Ambulance volunteer for the Camelford Remembrance service at Lanteglos Church at the time of the accident, have two children.

Douglas Webb, chief executive of Cornwall Care, said Mr Phillips had worked for the company for eight years, first as assistant manager at their St Breock, Wadebridge, home and then as manager.

Four years ago he had taken up a central role in their head office at Truro and had become known throughout the county.

"It is rare that you come across someone liked by everyone, but John was such a man," said Mr Webb.

"The impact of his death will be felt deeply and widely. He will be missed terribly, not just for the quality of his work but for his character."

Mr Phillips was chairman of the Camelford Carnival, and secretary Marney Baker said everyone who knew him was devastated.

"He was a lovely man and put in a huge effort for the carnival," she said.

As chairman of the governors at Camelford Primary School he met the Duchess of Cornwall when she opened the new school in March last year, inviting her to unveil a plaque to mark the occasion.

Simon Bishop, acting head, said: "John Phillips was a very caring man who made a huge contribution to the life of the school and he will be missed by staff, parents and fellow governors."

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