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Appeal for witnesses to fatal motorcycle crash

B6301POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a motorcyclist died in a collision yesterday (April 3).

Officers were alerted to the incident on the B6301 road at Low West House, Hedleyhope near Tow Law, County Durham, by the ambulance service shortly before 1pm.

The motorcycle, which was travelling in the direction of Tow Law, was in collision with a Mitsubishi 4x4 motor vehicle heading in the opposite direction. The collision occurred at the junction with Hedley Hope Wind Farm.

The victim, who was confirmed dead at the scene, is believed to be a 60-year-old man from the Wearside area.

He was riding a blue BMW 600cc machine.

The driver of the white Mitsubishi was a 50-year-old man from the Durham area.

He was arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving and taken into custody at Durham City Police Station.

The road was closed at its junction with the A68 and reopened at 4.55pm.

Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to contact investigators on 0191-3752159