Latest: Fatal motorcycle collision on the A171 Scarborough to Whitby road - urgent appeal for information

Police have launched an urgent appeal for information after a motorcyclist was killed in a horror smash on the A171.

Police have launched an urgent appeal for information after a motorcyclist was killed in a horror smash on the A171.

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Police have launched an urgent appeal for information after a Scarborough motorcyclist was killed in a horror smash on the A171.

The rider, who is aged in his late 30s and from Scarborough, was pronounced dead at the scene following the collision involving his black Honda motorcycle and a black Citroen C3 car.

It happened at about 5.45pm on Saturday (July 27) on the A171 Scarborough to Whitby Road, just north of the Falcon Inn, near Cloughton, on a series of bends in the road.

A team of officers and search dogs were called in to hunt for the occupants of the Citroen car who departed on foot into the nearby Harwood Dale Forest following the collision.

A 37-year-old man from the Redcar area was located further along the A171 towards Whitby at 9.30pm and was arrested in connection with the crash.

A 32-year-old man from Scarborough was arrested at his home address at 1.50am on Sunday (July 28).

Following questioning, they have been released on police bail pending further inquiries.

The stretch of road was closed until midnight while police collision investigators carried out an extensive examination of the scene and vehicles.

Traffic was diverted through Harwood Dale were during this time.

A major investigation has been launched into the fatal crash.

Traffic Sergeant Pete Wood, of the Scarborough Roads Policing Group, said: “This is an extremely tragic incident and we are doing everything we can to investigate the circumstances of the collision, as well as support the man’s family who are devastated by what has happened.

“It is very important that people who were travelling along the A171 between Whitby and Scarborough at teatime on Saturday, have a good think to check if they can recall seeing the motorcycle rider or the black Citroen C3 car in the build up to the crash at about 5.45pm.

“Even the smallest detail or snippet of information could be very useful, so please do the right thing and come forward as soon as possible.”

Anyone who can help the with the investigation in being urged to call police on 101, select option 2, and ask for Mark Hutchings or Pete Wood.

Or email mark.hutchings@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk

Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on on 0800 555 111 and quote reference NYP-27072013-0477.