POLICE have arrested a man in connection with the death of a much-loved cyclist who died following a road smash.
Robert Graham Devlin, known as Graham, suffered fatal injuries when he was involved in a collision on Haverton Hill Road, Billingham, on November 17 last year.
Today, police have confirmed that a 44-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing the death by dangerous driving of the 55-year-old fire brigade volunteer.
He has been bailed pending further inquiries.
A Cleveland Police spokeswoman said: “Police have arrested and bailed a 44-year-old man on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving following a fatal collision on Haverton Hill Road, in Billingham.
“Fifty-five-year-old Robert Graham Devlin sadly died in the collision on November 17, 2013.”
Graham was a volunteer for the fire brigade in Hartlepool through the Cleveland Fire Support Network and had recently served as an auxiliary firefighter.
Cleveland Fire Brigade previously said in a tribute: “Graham was a volunteer with the Cleveland Fire Support Network for several months and quickly became part of the family. He showed an enthusiasm for life and was always ready with a sarcastic comment or quip.
“Graham was also very passionate about supporting the fire brigade and recently provided cover as an auxiliary fire fighter for the Cleveland Fire Brigade.
“He will be sadly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him, both as a friend or as a colleague.
“Our prayers and thoughts are with his family and loved ones.”
Graham, a married dad of one, from Linthorpe in Middlesbrough, was described by his daughter, Katie, 20, as “the best”.