Motorist arrested after man dies in suspected hit-and-run

A motorist has been arrested following the death of a man in a suspected hit-and-run incident near GCHQ in Cheltenham.

The 62-year-old man was held on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving following the incident on the A40.

The man's body was found on the road, a main route connecting the town with nearby Gloucester, at around 2am.

Forensic officers at work at the scene of the suspected hit-and-run in Cheltenham (Rod Minchin/PA)
Forensic officers at work at the scene of the crash in Cheltenham (Rod Minchin/PA)

Gloucestershire Police closed off a section of the A40 - a few hundred metres from the Government communications headquarters - while forensic officers carried out their examinations of the scene.

The force said officers were carrying out enquiries to locate anyone involved in the incident and to identify the victim.

Chief Inspector Alistair Barby, of the tri-force roads policing team, said: "We understand this caused a lot of disruption to road users this morning and while we are working to reopen the road at the earliest opportunity I hope people understand this is painstaking work and cannot be rushed.

"We would urge people to consider their travel arrangements ahead of rush hour and alternative routes they can take.

Police have closed off a section of the A40 following a suspected fatal hit-and-run in Cheltenham (Rod Minchin/PA)
Police closed off a section of the A40 following the incident in Cheltenham (Rod Minchin/PA)

"In the meantime, can I appeal to anyone who was travelling on the A40 around the time of the incident and may have seen something relevant to call straight away.

"Likewise if you think you saw or know the victim we want to hear from you, or if you have any information about what happened."

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