POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a man was killed in an early morning smash when his car hit a tree.

The motorist was pronounced dead at the scene after his silver Ford Focus hit a tree on the B6162 Otley Road at Beckwithshaw, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, at around 12.15am today (Friday, January 25).

The 21-year-old victim is thought to have come from West Yorkshire and no other vehicles are believed to have been involved.

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Officers are appealing to anyone who witnessed the collision, at the junction with the B616, or saw the Ford Focus prior to the incident, to contact them with information.

Contact police on 101, select option two and ask for Traffic Sergeant Trevor Burton or email Trevor.burton@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk