UPDATE: Police thank public for help after Bingham schoolboy dies in collision with car

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Police are still keen to speak to witnesses after a teenager died in a collision with a car in Bingham.

Jack Archer, 14, was cycling in Chapel Lane between Bingham and the old A46 when the collision happened at 10.15pm on Monday.

A 28-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of death by dangerous driving and failing to stop at the scene of a collision. He has been bailed pending further inquiries.

Nottinghamshire Police have thanked the public for the help they have received following appeals for information on the incident.

Investigators are still keen to trace the occupants of a dark-coloured Audi Q5 or Q7-type car which overtook Jack moments before the collision happened. It is believed whoever was in that car will have vital witness information.

Deputy senior investigating officer Sgt Ash Thornton said: “The response from the public to our appeals for information has been very positive and has helped us to make real progress in this investigation.

“The whole investigative team would like to thank everyone who has called in to help so far.

“We have identified and recovered a vehicle of interest in the past 24 hours as a result of information from the public.

“We still hope to be able to trace the occupants of the Audi-type car which overtook the victim as he cycled along Chapel Lane before another vehicle was in collision with his bike.

“They may have vital witness information which can help us and the victim’s family understand how this collision occurred.”

If you can help, call Nottinghamshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 983 of 25 July.

Jack, who lived in Newton, had just finished Year 9 at Toot Hill School. In a statement the school said: “All at Toot Hill School are deeply saddened to hear of the death of Jack.

“Our thoughts are with Jack’s family, friends and students who will be devastated by this sad news.

“Jack was a very popular member of his year group and he had many close friends. Jack was always a cheerful and happy student who had a real zest for life.

“The head teacher, Ash Rahman, has been in contact with Jack’s parents and offered our condolences and support.

“The school will provide counselling support for our students when the school reopens in September, particularly for those who were close to Jack.”

Insp Simon Heads, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “From what I understand the boy was actually overtaken by another vehicle before the vehicle that struck him. Mum and dad are clearly devastated, which is the reason why we are absolutely determined to find out for them what happened to their boy last night.”

Last night fans at Notts County Football Club paid tribute to Jack by holding a minute’s applause at a friendly game against Walsall.