RAF Cranwell

A BMW driver from Lincoln admitted causing the death of an RAF officer cyclist by careless driving when he failed to see his illuminated bike.

Businessman Michael Bohan, 37, from Lincoln entered a guilty plea relating to the death of RAF officer Barrie John Doherty when he appeared at Lincoln Crown Court on Thursday.

RAF College Cranwell and hundreds of people paid tribute to the victim after his death.

Mr Doherty, 43, was a father-of-two and highly regarded Flight Lieutenant at RAF College Cranwell, near Sleaford.

Bohan was charged with causing death by careless driving after the collision on the A607 at Leadenham, Lincolnshire, on January 7, 2019.

Mr Bohan, from Lincoln, was driving a black BMW at 5.30pm near to Troops Garage when the incident occurred.

Mr Doherty died after he was taken to Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham.

Michael Cranmer-Brown, defending Bohan, said he was of previous good character and asked for a probation report to be prepared on him before sentence.

Mr Cranmer-Brown told the court Bohan could not explain how the collision occured.

“The position is he has gone across the carriageway and has failed to see the deceased on his bike,” Mr Cranmer-Brown said.

“He just failed to appreciate the lights which were undoubtedly illuminated on the bike of the deceased.”

Recorder Graham Huston adjourned sentence until the end of April but warned Bohan that all options were open.

“You have pleaded guilty to what I know you regard as a serious matter,” the Recorder told Bohan.

“I make it clear all options including an immediate prison sentence will be open to the sentencing judge ”

Bohan, of Shannon Avenue, Lincoln, was granted bail until his sentencing hearing.

At the time of the collision RAF College Cranwell issued a tribute to Flight Lieutenant Doherty.

It read: “It is with great sadness that RAF College Cranwell confirms the death of Flight Lieutenant Barrie John Doherty who was involved in a road traffic accident on the evening of the January 7, 2019.

“Flight Lieutenant Doherty, a father of two, was well respected and highly regarded throughout his military career. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time.”

The Proclaimers pushed an inspirational veteran over the starting line of a 500 mile charity challenge at a Lincolnshire RAF base.

Sean Allerton, 54, lost the use of both of his legs in a crash whilst on duty in Cyprus around 26 years ago and spent nearly a year in hospital with a broken neck.

Since then, he has set about fundraising challenges, helped by volunteers, covering thousands of miles.

The latest, Push 500, began at RAF College Cranwell on October 28, when The Proclaimers pushed Sean for the first few miles, just outside the base.

It started off in front of the College Hall Officer’s Mess, where Sean started out with 16 laps around a track known as The Orange.

The band, which is famous for its smash-hit I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles), said: “We have known Sean for many years. His devotion to fundraising is inspiring.

“We look forward to doing some of the miles with him.”

Sean Allerton.

Sean has raised £38,000 and has pushed more than 2,000 miles for the RAF Association, the RAF Benevolent Fund, the RAF Charitable Trust and Elizabeth’s Legacy of Hope.

He said: “I’m grateful to The Proclaimers who have supported Push 500 right from the start.  It is a great honour that they’ll push a mile in my shoes.

“I’m also indebted to RAF College Cranwell for allowing the use of such an iconic location that is central to all of the charities supported.”

North Kesteven District Council approved plans for a statue to commemorate the “Father of the Royal Air Force” and founder of the historic college at RAF Cranwell.

Proposals submitted to the authority will see a statue of Sir Hugh Trenchard built at the base.

The proposed seven-foot, cast bronze sculpture will be mounted on a plinth and placed outside the RAF College Cranwell building.

Now, council bosses have given the go-ahead for the plan.

Hugh Trenchard, who became known as the ‘Father of the Royal Air Force’.

Created by Vivian Mallock, who produced the Royal Tank Regiment Memorial in London, the statue looks to commemorate the founder of the facility ahead of its centenary next year.

Lord Trenchard established the college in 1920 as part of his plans to expand the air force following the First World War.

The facility became the first military air academy in the world.

Officials at Cranwell said the sculpture will show Sir Trenchard “gazing proudly at his college”.

Statue of Lord Trenchard looking out onto RAF College Cranwell.

In the plans, RAF Cranwell said the statue will serve as an appropriate and “lasting form of recognition” to him.

It said: “During the lead up to the national celebration of the centenary of the Royal Air Force in 2018, it became clear that the Royal Air Force should celebrate the centenary of the college that had trained its leaders and commanders.

“Lord Trenchard is universally regarded as ‘The Father of the Royal Air Force’, and he is widely recognised as ‘The Founder of the Royal Air Force College’.

“It is therefore only right and proper that the Royal Air Force College should be custodian of a visible and outward sign of the esteem in which Trenchard is held, and a statue has been deemed to be the most appropriate and lasting form of recognition.”

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