An uninsured HGV driver whose licence had been revoked has been jailed for more than three years after his vehicle struck and killed a cyclist in Derby.

Herbert Wyatt, 65, had lost his licence 12 weeks before the fatal collision in January with 25-year-old Josephine Gilbert, but he kept the revocation from his employer.

At Derby Crown Court, Wyatt pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving, as well as causing death by driving a vehicle while uninsured and causing death by dangerous driving while unlicensed.

He was sentenced to three years and nine months in prison and disqualified from driving for five years and three months.

DC Richard Marshall said: “This was an investigation into the tragic, unnecessary death of a young lady who had the whole of her life to look forward to.

“Josephine had set off that day on her road bike, doing what she enjoyed, one of her big passions in her life.

“Not only was Josephine’s death totally avoidable, the driver of the lorry should not have been on the road, having had his licence revoked.”

Marshall added: “No sentence any court in the land can pass is able to compensate the loss to her family and friends.

“This is an investigation which captured the hearts of many within the team, some of whom are keen cyclists.”