A lorry driver who caused the death of a cyclist has had his three-and-a-half years jail term upheld after his appeal was rejected.

Barry Meyer, 54, of Aubrey Road, Walthamstow, was sentenced at Blackfriars Crown Court on May 14 last year for causing the "needless and utterly tragic death" of cyclist Alan Neve.

He was also disqualified from driving for 10 years.

Meyer attempted to get his jail sentence quashed but this was rejected at the Appeal Court on Tuesday (February 2).

The incident took place in the morning rush-hour in Holborn, central London, on July 15, 2013.

Meyer pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving, while two offences of driving while uninsured and unlicensed were allowed to lie on file.

At the sentencing last year, the court heard that he "crushed" 54-year-old Mr Neve with both the front and back wheels of the lorry.

He was killed instantly after Meyer drove through a red light.

One witness to the incident required psychiatric treatment and cannot return to the scene.