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Tributes paid to cyclist killed in Staffordshire crash

The family of a cyclist who died after a crash in Staffordshire have paid tribute to a 'loyal, loving and devoted father'.

Seamus Murphy

Police were called to reports of crash involving a white Fiat Punto and a cyclist on Glascote Road, in Tamworth, at around 7.20pm on Wednesday, April 15.

The cyclist, Seamus Murphy, from the Tamworth area, was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham in a critical condition.

The 44-year-old died in hospital on Saturday.

In a statement, Mr Murphy's family described him as their "very own Peter Pan" and "an eternal kid at heart".

They said: "We would like to thank everyone very sincerely for all of the kind words and condolences during this very sad time. It is amazing to know that he touched so many people, not just here but also in Ireland.

“Seamus will be remembered for how hard working he was, he never gave up and always gave 100 per cent.

“He was a devoted father to his son and we don’t think that a daddy has ever shown so much love to their child. He idolised him.

“Wherever Seamus went, he made everyone laugh with his dancing, singing and silliness, he really didn’t care who was around or watching. They didn’t laugh at him, it was along with him. You could never stay mad at him for long.

“He was loyal and loving to his many friends, a true character and he often spoke without thinking first, but then that unfiltered, unconsidered input was the most genuine and honest testimony to him.

“Liverpool FC was his passion. He shouted instructions at the team and wore his shirt with pride, a true LFC supporter.

“We will always remember Seamus’ silliness and clowning around, it was what made Seamus, Seamus. We will miss him so much. Our very own Peter Pan – the boy who never grew up – an eternal kid at heart.”

Sergeant Richard Moors, senior investigation officer from the Staffordshire and West Midlands Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “We are continuing to investigate this collision and would ask anyone who may have witnessed anything or has any dashcam footage to come forward.

“Anyone who may have seen the car or bicycle before the incident is asked to get in touch by contacting Staffordshire Police."

Witnesses can call Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 661 of April 15.

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