Cars sought in Buttertubs cyclist appeal

Cars sought in Buttertubs cyclist appeal

Published at 6:11pm 16th October 2015. (Updated at 2:38pm 20th October 2015)

Police investigating the death of a cyclist who was found seriously injured on Buttertubs Pass are appealing for a number of MG sports car drivers and the occupants of a small yellow car - possibly a Toyota or Suzuki - to come forward.

The vehicles were seen in the area when 59-year-old Patrick McDonough, from Middlesbrough, was found on the morning of Sunday 4 October.

Mr McDonough died from his injuries at James Cook Hospital on the night of Monday 5 October.

He had been riding from the direction of Hawes towards Muker when he came off his bike.

He was wearing a white helmet, fluorescent yellow T-shirt and dark-coloured shorts and was riding a silver Canyon pedal cycle.

Police believe the occupants of the small yellow car were taking photos and were possibly professional photographers.

Local motoring clubs have been contacted in a bid to trace the MG drivers, but no-one has yet come forward.

Officers say the vehicle occupants they are trying to trace could have valuable information and that there is no suspicion at this stage that they were involved.

Anyone with information is urged to call North Yorkshire Police on 101 and ask for the Major Collision Investigation Team or e-mail