Cyclist killed in collision near Combe Martin has been named as serving PCSO Stephen Lewis, from Swansea Valley.

Tributes have been paid to a cyclist killed following a collision near Combe Martin on Monday morning.

Emergency services were called to the scene on the A3123 at Ridge Hill following the 7.30am collision involving a Skoda Citigo.

Stephen Lewis, 41, from Swansea Valley in South Wales, suffered serious injuries and was treated at the scene by paramedics.

Mr Lewis, a serving PCSO, was taken to North Devon District Hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

A second cyclist travelling with him received minor injuries.

Mr Lewis was ‘hard working, enthusiastic, and loved helping people’, said chief superintendent Joe Ruddy.

He added: “Steve was a hugely respected member of the team and everyone is shocked and saddened to hear of his death in such tragic circumstances.

“Our thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues at this very sad time.”

Mr Lewis was ‘a great ambassador for South Wales Police’ and had recently been recognised for his outstanding work.

“Just prior to him going on holiday he helped a group of school children during their work experience with South Wales Police to ensure their time with us was fun and rewarding,” added Mr Ruddy.

The A3123 was closed at Berry Down Cross and Wheel Cross until 2.30pm for forensic examinations and investigations continue.

Police are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101, quoting log number 109 of 20/07/15.