THE family of a cyclist who died after he was hit by a lorry on the A449, near Kidderminster, have paid a heartfelt tribute to him.

Barry Brettell, aged 66, from Brierley Hill, was pronounced dead at the scene of the incident at Hartlebury which happened at around 11.15am on Monday October 22.

Mr Brettell's family this week said they had been left "completely devastated by the loss of Barry".

In a statement released by West Mercia Police, they said: "He was the trailblazer of the family; he was inspirational, energetic, 'the problem solver' - he could fix just about everything, taught most of the family how to drive and was a wonderful family orientated man.

"He leaves behind so many loved ones including his wife, a daughter and son-in-law, a son and daughter-in-law, four grandsons and a sister; he will be greatly missed by his family and friends. The love for his wife, Lynda, was incomparable and to say he's left a massive hole for the family to fill is an understatement.

"Upon his retirement last year, he started watching Stourbridge Football Club, never before a football fan, he really got into both home and away matches with his son, son-in-law, grandchildren and friends.

"We would like to thank the emergency services for the care and respect they have given both Barry and the family. Also, to the many friends and neighbours who have passed on their thoughtful and caring messages, flowers and many, many cards. We have been completely overwhelmed by the ongoing show of love and support for us."

Mr Brettell's fellow cyclist and friend, from Hagley, suffered shoulder injuries in the crash and was taken to hospital but later released.

The pair had completed many rides for charities and ridden together for more than 30 years along with other friends and former fellow workers.

A 48-year-old-man from Halesowen was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. He has since been released under investigation.

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to call West Mercia Police on 101 quoting incident 215s 22 October 2018.