A man is due before court today charged with causing the death of a 71-year-old cyclist.

Cyclist James Pitt, from Amesbury, died in a crash involving a lorry on the A303 near Cholderton on September 23, 2019.

The driver of the Isuzu lorry, Marc Sanders, 45, from Sturminster Newton, Dorset, is expected to appear before Salisbury Magistrates’ Court today to answer a charge of causing death by careless driving.

The charge carries a maximum sentence of five years imprisonment in the crown court.

In the wake of Mr Pitt’s death last year, his family paid tribute to a man who “lived and breathed cycling”.

In a statement, his son said: “Jim's sudden and unexpected passing has come as a tremendous shock.

"In the last 18 months, I have lost a mother and sister and in the process my wife and children have lost their mother-in-law, grandma, sister-in-law, and aunt.

"For the third time in less than two years, we have had to explain to our now five-year-old and seven-year-old sons that one of their family won't be coming home; that granddad went for a bike ride but won't be coming back."