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THURSDAY, 14th JULY, 2011.

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Club rocked by cyclist’s death

By Kayleigh Williams Tributes have poured in for a “gentle, kind and warm” cyclist who was knocked down and killed while taking part in a time trial. Well known father-oftwo Karl Austin, (47), secretary of Congleton Cycling Club, was struck from behind by a lorry on the A50 near Derby on 30th June.

It was not the first time devastated Keith and Joyce Austin, of Congleton, had received the news every arent dreads. Mrs Austin, (66), said: “Our daughter Kim died in 1986 when she was 19, in a car accident. We didn’t expect it to happen to us twice.”

The grieving mum contined: “Karl had a red flashing light on the back of the bike, he was very careful.”

Karl’s father Keith Austin, (71), said: “I wrote to our MP

Mrs Winterton a few years ago about an accident where a lorry driver didn’t stop when he hit a young girl cyclist and she was killed and he was only fined £200. I was livid. I was told that they couldn’t interfere with the court’s process. The penalties should be much more severe, it would encourage people to take more care.”

Messages of sympathy and cards of condolence have flooded in to the Austin’s Semper Close home.

Mrs Austin said: “We have had hundreds of cards, and Linda, his wife, has had hundreds more.

“It’s funny as only last month he said to her ‘I don’t have many friends, it’s you who does’.”

Mr Austin married Linda, (45), in 1985. They lived at Bellringer Close in Biddulph. He was father to Simon, (24), and Katy, (20).

Mrs Austin said: “He met Linda and they bonded because of cycling, really, although it was a case of ‘love me, love my bike’.

“She started up her own business four years ago and he joined her, at least they got to spend those four years together.”

Previously, Mr Austin had worked at Congleton Engineering, Siemens in Congleton and Morrey’s in Holmes Chapel in the


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Born in Kent, Mr Austin moved to Congleton with his parents aged four. They described him as a quiet, placid child, “never any trouble”. He was a Cub Scout and enjoyed cycling with his family from a young age.

Mrs Austin said: “It was the lad next door who got him into the races. He did races all over the country, Wales and the Lake District and he was well known for his unique cycling gear. He had a single fixed gear while most bikes have lots — he wanted the biggest gear and people used to come up to him to look at it.

“He was quiet but very well known in the cycling circles and wasn’t shy around those people.

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Convicted dealer ate bag of cocaine while cornered by sergeant

Aconvicted drug dealer assaulted a policeman and then ate a bag of cocaine in front of him, a court has been told.

Paul Pedley, (45), of Crescent Road, Congleton, admitted assaulting Sgt Jonathan Marsden at Goostrey Court in Congleton on 18th June.

He was sentenced to 200 hours of unpaid work when he appeared before South Cheshire Magistrates Court, sitting in Crewe on Friday.

The court heard that Pedley had several previous drug-related convictions.

Neil Audley, prosecuting, told the court that Sgt Marsden had noticed Pedley getting out of his vehicle and wanted to search him as he believed he had drugs in his hand.

The defendant proceeded to push Sgt Marsden backwards, shoulder barged past him and entered a property on the ground floor.

Pedley ran through into a door leading to a rear hallway and entered a kitchen.

Mr Audley said once cornered, Pedley got a small plastic bag out of his pocket and emptied a white powder into his mouth.

Sgt Marsden said he was aware that they were surrounded by kitchen knives, and went to restrain Pedley, but was pushed backwards again while the defendant managed to chew the contents of the bag in its entirety and refused to relax his arms.

John Temperley, defending, said that his client should receive full credit for his early guilty plea and the fact that he fully co-operated with the police and admitted what had happened.

Mr Temperley reiterated that the defendant was not under the influence at the time of the offence and that his actions were designed to try and get away from the officer.

He added that the minor assault did not cause any visible injuries to Sgt Marsden and only constituted two pushes and a shoulderbarge.

Mr Temperley suggested that the incident was not a serious offence and that some form of community order would be a suitable punishment.

He told magistrates: “I think your options would be either a curfew order or some hours of unpaid work.”

He added that the premises were searched and no further drugs were found and that the white powder was one gram of cocaine that Pedley intended to use that evening for a friend’s birthday.

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Sporty Congleton High School pupils got a special treat on Thursday when Stoke City and former Liverpool footballer Jermaine Pennant, second from right, went to their sports awards evening to hand out trophies. Some of the pupils receiving accolades were, from left, Max Barber, winner of the sports leader award for his work encouraging sports in primary schools; Liam Joyce, winner of the Arnold Award and Samantha Morgan, rounders player of the year award. Turn to the back page for the story. (“Chronicle” photo. 2806b/11).

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