Matthew Briggs, whose wife was struck by a cyclist in east London, discusses his grief and his long wait for a conviction

A week after Kim Briggs died of head injuries sustained when a cyclist riding an illegal bike collided with her at about 18mph, her husband, Matthew Briggs, received a call from a police officer warning him there would be a long journey ahead.

Briggs was sitting on a bench outside John Lewis in Bluewater, the behemoth shopping centre in Kent, where he was picking out clothing for his children’s school uniforms. Shoppers darted purposefully all about him as he took the call. His grief – and that of his children – was painfully ripe.

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