WEST Mercia Police is appealing for witnesses after a cyclist was killed in a hit and run near Whitchurch.

The incident happened around 11.30pm on Thursday night on the B5476 near Coton, between Whitchurch and Wem.

The cyclist, a 58-year-old man, was struck by a car and died as a result of his injuries.

The car failed to stop at the scene and officers are appealing for the driver to get in contact.

A second cyclist, a woman, suffered minor injuries.

Officers are carrying out enquiries and are appealing for witnesses, including any motorists on the road around the time of the collision who have dash cam footage.

Anyone with information is asked to contact West Mercia Police on 101 quoting reference 797_I_300720 or alternatively information can be passed to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Ambulance staff attended the scene on Thursday night and confirmed that a man died after he was involved in a road traffic collision (RTC) with a car and his bike.

Despite the best efforts of bystanders and ambulance staff, the cyclist died, while a female cyclist was also assess on the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) spokesman said: "WMAS was called to reports of a collision involving a car and a cyclist on the B5476, near Post Office Lane, in Coton, Whitchurch at 11.28pm (Thursday).

"An ambulance and paramedic officer were responded to the scene.

“When ambulance staff arrived, they found a cyclist in a critical condition with bystanders performing excellent CPR on the man.

"Ambulance staff continued resuscitation efforts on scene but sadly nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed deceased.

“A second cyclist, a woman, was also assessed after suffering minor injuries in the incident but didn’t require hospital treatment.”