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Family lose inquest bid.

THE family of a Northumberland woman killed after being knocked off her bike have lost their fight for a new inquest.

Family of Eilidh Cairns, from the Alnwick area, were yesterday told by a High Court judge that their judicial review calling for a new hearing into her death had failed.

The family, however, say they have been told police are to reinvestigate the circumstances around the crash which killed her.

Eilidh, 30, who was born and brought up in Northumberland and attended Duchess High School, lived in London.

She was killed after being knocked off her bike by a truck in February 2009.

The driver claimed he had not seen her. Following an inquest at Westminster coroner's court in January 2010, it was ruled that her death had been an accident.

Eilidh's family, led by sister Kate, an independent sustainability adviser who lives at Newton-by-the-Sea, Northumberland, applied for a judicial review of that decision. They were later given leave to make their challenge at the High Court. Eilidh's family yesterday claimed they had been told the Metropolitan Police has agreed to reinvestigate the crash which killed her, in response to their criticisms of its initial probe.

They said they were "gutted" by the judge's decision but "hopeful" about the new investigation.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
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Date:Nov 8, 2011
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