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A lorry driver has been charged with a series of offences following the death of a cyclist in central London, I can reveal.

Barry Meyer, 52, of Aubrey Road, Walthamstow, is accused of causing the death by careless driving of Alan Neve, pictured above, in High Holborn on July 15 last year.

Meyer is further charged with “causing death by driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence” – namely, that he did not possess the correct licence for the category of HGV he was driving.

He also faces a third charge of causing death while driving with no insurance. He has been bailed to appear at Highbury Corner magistrates’ court on August 5.

The decision to prosecute follows came after a lengthy investigation by the Metropolitan police and a decision by the Crown Prosecution Service that there was sufficient evidence to put before a court.

Mr Neve, 54, was one of 14 cyclists killed in London last year, with nine of the collisions involving lorries. Six cyclists have died so far this year.

Meyer learned of the decision to prosecute on June 11 after being held on police bail since Mr Neve’s death. He had stopped at the scene following the morning rush-hour crash and was arrested by officers.

The fatality sparked one of numerous large-scale protests last year as cyclists gathered to demand that Boris Johnson and Transport for London delivered promised safety improvements more quickly.

At the time, Mr Neve’s cousin Jonathan told of the family’s devastation at his death, describing him as “kind, compassionate, loving and affable”. Mr Neve had been cycling to work at PRS for Music in Berners Street, near Goodge Street. He was an audit manager and had worked for the firm for more than 30 years.

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