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“We need the public's help to trace this vehicle” - new police plea four weeks after fatal Swannington crash

PUBLISHED: 09:33 06 July 2018 | UPDATED: 09:33 06 July 2018

Sze-Ming Cheung (second from left) with his mother Wai-Hing (centre) and brothers Dick (far left) and Jack (far right). PIC: Supplied by Cheung family.

Sze-Ming Cheung (second from left) with his mother Wai-Hing (centre) and brothers Dick (far left) and Jack (far right). PIC: Supplied by Cheung family.

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The public have today been urged to help police trace a van driver who failed to stop at the scene of a crash in which a popular cyclist died.

Sze-Ming Cheung, 44, was cycling on Reepham Road in Swannington, near Reepham, when he was involved in a crash with a grey Nissan Navara.

The driver of the Nissan, a 55-year-old from the Reepham area, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and of drink driving and has since been released under investigation.

But a second vehicle, a dark coloured van, is also believed to have been involved in the crash which happened at about 4pm on Thursday, June 7.

And now, four weeks on from the crash, police have released CCTV footage of the van in a bid to try to identify the driver.

Image of vehicle being sought by police in Swannington fatal crash. PIC: Norfolk Police.Image of vehicle being sought by police in Swannington fatal crash. PIC: Norfolk Police.

Detective Inspector Chris Hinitt from the Roads Policing Unit said he had “no doubt” the driver of the van, who is yet to be traced, had at least been aware Mr Cheung had been struck by the Nissan.

He said: “I’ve got no doubt that the van driver would’ve known and left Sze-Ming at the side of the road.

“They would’ve known something happened and that they were some way responsible or involved. We need the public’s help to identify this vehicle.

“Do you know where this vehicle is or have you got information about who was driving it?”

He added: “We’re releasing this CCTV four weeks on from the incident in the hope someone will recognise the vehicle and come forward.

“Following our investigations we believe this vehicle was involved in the collision but failed to stop at the scene.

“I would therefore urge anyone who recognises the vehicle to come forward. Equally, I would like to take this opportunity to appeal directly to the driver to do the right thing and come forward.”

A week after the fatal crash police carried out anniversary checks in which they spoke to a total of 480 motorists in a bid to find out information.

The renewed police appeal follows emotional tributes to Sze-Ming, a popular cyclist, runner, swimmer and triathlete, from his family, including brothers Jack and Dick, both 42, and mum Wai-Hing, 70, of Gowing Road, Hellesdon.

Anyone with information should call police on 101

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