Police are trying to establish how a 21-year-old man was found unconscious on the side of the A39 road near Bideford.

Police are investigating after a 21-year-old cyclist was found unconscious in Abbotsham yesterday (Tuesday).

Officers were notified at around 9.25pm to the injured man, who was found on the A39 near to the Abbotsham Cross roundabout in Abbotsham, Bideford.

The cyclist was airlifted to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth with life-changing injuries.

Police Sergeant Andrew Lear said: “It is yet to be established as to how the cyclist came to be injured.

“He could have been knocked off by an unknown car or he could have fallen off his bike.

“We are seeking the public’s assistance to establish the facts surrounding how this man came to be knocked unconscious.”

Anyone who has any information which could help is asked to contact police via 101@dc.police.uk or call on 101 quoting log number 757 of November 7.