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KILLER  cyclists could face harsher sentences after the Transport Secretary vowed to crackdown on road safety.

Grant Shapps wants cyclists to face the same punishments as motorists with a new “death by dangerous cycling” law.

4The Transport Secretary Grant Shapps proposed the new law to sentence killer cyclistsCredit: EPA 4Cyclists who knock down and kill pedestrians could face longer than two years in jailCredit: Getty

His suggested rule change aims to end an “archaic” legal loophole which currently means bike-riders can only be jailed for a maximum of two years for killing a pedestrian.

Writing in the Daily Mail, Shapps said that grieving families of victims “have waited too long for this straightforward measure” to punish aggressive riders.

He said the proposal would target a “selfish minority” of reckless cyclists, but could also “impress on cyclists the real harm they can cause when speed is combined with lack of care”.

In comparison, “death by dangerous driving” can land a motorist a maximum of 14 years in prison for offences before June 28 this year or a life sentence for those offences after the law change.

Stricter sentences have been demanded since the tragic death of Kim Briggs, a mum-of-two who was killed by a reckless teenage cyclist on a banned bike without brakes.

The 44-year-old passed away in 2016 after suffering head injuries from when Charlie Alliston, 20, crashed into her in Old Street, London, on her lunch break.

But Alliston was only sentenced to 18 months behind bars after a judge cleared him of manslaughter and found him guilty of "wanton and furious driving".

The second law, which Shapps called "archaic", was designed back in 1861 for horse-drawn carriage collisions - not 18-year-olds riding for "thrills" like a stuntman.

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The Transport Secretary pointed out how victims' families who want to prosecute a killer cyclist face a dilemma between a "legal relic of the horse-drawn era or ... manslaughter, a draconian option".

The law would also bring justice to the families of pedestrians killed in more recent years by zooming cyclists.

Two years ago a 72-year-old man was struck down in Tower Hamlets in a bike hit-and-run leaving him with fatal head injuries.

Shapps also drew attention to cyclists who think they are above road laws, for example, those who skip over red lights.

"We need to crack down on this disregard for road safety," he said.

The minister then raised the importance of creating safe cycling habits as an alternative commuting option amid rising fuel prices.

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He wrote: "As we move into an era of sustained mass cycling, a thoroughly good thing, we must bring home to cyclists – too often themselves the victims of careless or reckless motoring – that the obligation to put safety first applies equally to every road user. There can be no exceptions."

The Transport Secretary made the proposal for the new law of causing death by dangerous cycling to be included in the Transport Bill, due before Parliament in the autumn.

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Rock legend Ozzy Osbourne wows fans with surprise gig at Commonwealth Games closing ceremony

ROCK legend Ozzy Osbourne wowed fans with a surprise hometown performance at the Commonwealth Games closing ceremony.

The Black Sabbath frontman, 73, took to the stage to perform 1970 hit “Paranoid” during the ceremony’s finale.

6Ozzy Osbourne performed on stage during the Closing Ceremony for the 2022 Commonwealth GamesCredit: PA 6Fireworks went off as the rocker surprised fans at Alexander StadiumCredit: PA 6The night was full of spectacular showcases as the ending of the games was celebratedCredit: AFP 6The Commonwealth Games were held in Birmingham between July 28 and August 8Credit: PA

He has not performed for over five years due to ill health but looked revitalised two months after wife Sharon Osbourne revealed his recent “life-altering” neck and back surgery.

As he rose through the stage the ‘Prince of Darkness’ shouted: “I love you, Birmingham - it’s good to be back!”

Other stand-out performances came from Jorja Smith, Dexys Midnight Runners and Mahalia.

Without original member and lead vocalist Ali Campbell, his brother's version of UB40 played a rendition of Red Red Wine to the amped up audience.

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Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex, was seen in the crowd along with other Royals who appeared to be enjoying the showcase.

Viewers were treated to a sneak preview of the new Peaky Blinders stage show and

The night celebrated the region's incredible contribution to music; over the years, many successful artists have hailed from the West Midlands.

These of these have included Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant, UB40's Ali Campbell, Duran Duran's Nick Rhodes and John Taylor as well as Slade members Don Powell, Jim and Neville 'Noddy' Holder.

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The night also gave a nod to how in the West Midlands has changed over the years with the start of the show kicked off by kids playing hopscotch with a background of a 1950s local neighbourhood.

R&B singer Jorja Smith celebrated Birmingham's influence on heavy metals by rocking out with Judas Priest.

The Earl of Wessex officially closed the ceremony, saying: "Every four years, we endeavour to come together to celebrate our Commonwealth through sport. 

"Thanks to the manner, style and enthusiasm with which you have competed, officiated, supported, organised and volunteered, you have, once again, brought the spirit and values of the Commonwealth to life. 

"You have inspired us and hopefully future generations. You have also demonstrated what unites us. Thank you, Birmingham."

The night was concluded with Ozzy's surprise performance with the Aston-born rocker belting out the words to their smash Paranoid.

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The 2022 Commonwealth Games were held in Birmingham, England between July 28 and August 8, 2022.

The main venue for the Games is the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham and participating nations include England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Kenya among many others

6The packed stadium was filled with an amped up crowd ready to celebrateCredit: PA 6Fireworks marked the end of the night for the 2022 gamesCredit: Getty

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