'Popular and caring' GP dies after cycling accident with lorry

Tributes have poured in for a 'very popular' and 'caring' GP who died after an accident involving his bicycle and a lorry.

Dr Richards: an excellent doctor and much loved by his patients and colleagues. Pic: Mrs Laychoo Bock.
Dr Richards: an excellent doctor and much loved by his patients and colleagues. Pic: Mrs Laychoo Bock.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the fatal accident involving north London GP Dr Clive Haskell Richards, 67.

Dr Richards was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident in Archway Road, north London, which happened at approximately 9.40am on 5 August.

The driver of the lorry stopped at the scene. There have been no arrests.

Dr Richards' colleagues at The Rise Group Practice, Hornsey Rise Health Centre, north London, have placed a condolences book in the reception area for patients to leave tributes. A message on the practice’s website calls him ‘very popular’ and says that the tributes will be passed onto his family.

Practice manager Ian Huckle said: ‘He was an excellent doctor and he was much loved by his patients and colleagues. He worked for us for seven years and prior to that had spent many years as partner in Harlow. Everyone is really devastated by the news.

'He had retired two months ago but was still working for us as a locum.

'He always had a smile on his face. He always had time for everyone.’

Staff at the Lister Medical Centre, Harlow, Essex, where he worked for 33 years, said he was ‘a greatly respected colleague and was a dedicated and caring GP’.

An inquest opened and adjourned at Barnet Coroner's Court in north London. A post-mortem examination took place at Haringey mortuary in north London on 7 August but was inconclusive. The police are now awaiting the results of further tests.

Anyone with information about the accident is asked to call the police on 0208 842 1817.

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