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

Harry Webb, 27, had been due to start the second year of a masters at London College of Contemporary Music, and had only been dropped off at a new house share in Hackney hours before the tragedy.

Mr Webb was fatally injured in a collision with a car in Homerton, east London, 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, from Crickhowell.


The car driver – a 24-year-old woman – was arrested on suspicion of causing GBH by dangerous driving.

She has been bailed to a date in early December, pending further inquiries.

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

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.

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

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“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 had just moved into his new house-share near Kenworthy Road with some musician friends who were working on projects together.

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"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.

“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.”

Tom Fyans, chief executive of London Cycling Campaign, said recent road tragedies "show how much work there is still left to do" for cyclists in the capital.


If you would like any help with bereavement, loss or mental wellbeing, here are some helpline numbers

You can call the Samaritans on 116 123

Papyrus Hopeline on 0800 068 4141

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) on 0800 58 58 58