Hackney: Music student Harry Webb killed cycling in Homerton - ‘kind, warm, generous and loving’

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Harry Webb was fatally injured in a collision with a car in Homerton, Hackney.

A music student was fatally injured as he cycled to the swimming baths within hours of his parents driving him to new digs.

Harry Webb, 27, was the seventh cyclist to die on London's roads this year - one more than in the whole of 2022

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Originally from Powys, Wales, he was studying for a masters at London College of Contemporary Music.

Mr Webb was fatally injured in a collision with a car in Homerton, Hackney, which then hit another vehicle on the evening of Sunday September 10. He died two days later.

He was the only child of Pat and Mike Webb, who live in Wales. They had dropped him off at a new house-share in Hackney only hours before the tragedy.

A driver – a 24-year-old woman – has been arrested on suspicion of causing GBH by dangerous driving. She has been bailed to a date in early December, pending further inquiries.

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Mr Webb was the third cyclist to be fatally injured in the Hackney area in just six weeks following the death of 36-year-old mother-of-two and a man in his 40s.

Detectives from the Met’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit are appealing for any witnesses to come forward.

Harry Webb. (Photo by MPS)Harry Webb. (Photo by MPS)
Harry Webb. (Photo by MPS) | Harry Webb. (Photo by MPS)

Hackney Cycling Campaign

A spokesperson for the Hackney Cycling Campaign said: “Harry was only 27 years old, and he had a great future in front of him.

"He had a maths and philosophy degree from Bristol University, a masters in philosophy from Amsterdam university and he had embarked on a further masters last year at London College of Contemporary Music.

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"The day after the crash was to be Harry’s first day of the second year of his course.

“Harry was a kind, warm, generous and loving person, and had friends all over the world, from all nationalities and faiths.

"Harry was bright, engaging and loved the challenge of learning new things and travelling to new places. He has had a lifelong love of music, he was a drummer, pianist and composed music.”

Harry Webb. (Photo by MPS)Harry Webb. (Photo by MPS)
Harry Webb. (Photo by MPS) | Metropolitan Police / SWNS

They continued: “Harry had just moved into his new house-share near Kenworthy Road with some musician friends who were working on projects together. It was a hot September day and after a hard day sorting out his new living space, he decided to go for an evening swim at the lido.

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“Harry’s parents had dropped him off in London that Sunday and within a couple of hours of returning to Wales they received the emergency call. Harry’s injuries were terrible, the hospital did an emergency operation in hope of giving him a chance, but his injuries were too severe, and he passed away two days later.

“Harry’s parents have said the grief and devastation this has brought to their family is unbearable. The loss of a beautiful young man who had so much to offer this world is keenly felt in the close-knit community in Crickhowell in South Wales.

“They have said that Harry believed that the roads in London could be made much safer. Harry’s parents hope that their support can help prevent further tragedies.”

Garmon ap Garth, Hackney Cycling Campaign co-ordinator, said: "We acknowledge that Hackney council has done more than most London boroughs to enable cycling over many years, including introducing traffic filters, leading to the highest cycling levels in London.

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"Yet the recent deaths highlight that more action is required to make Hackney’s streets safer."

London Cycling Campaign

Tom Fyans, chief executive of London Cycling Campaign, said: "Far more people cycle in Hackney than most of the rest of London partly because it has invested in cycling infrastructure including Low Traffic Neighbourhoods to make it safer for everyone.

"But these recent tragedies show how much work there is still left to do.

“It is so important that the Mayor of London and TfL and the next Mayor of Hackney, hear loud and clear from communities that they must not roll back or slow progress, but must accelerate it."

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Met Police appeal

Any witnesses or anyone with any information is asked to call police on 020 7232 7839 or contact via X @MetCC, quoting CAD7039/10SEP.

To give information anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.