A MOTORCYCLIST who died at the weekend has been named by North Yorkshire Police.

Howard Hughes, 62, of Driffield, died after his red Ducati 1299 motorbike was involved in a collision with a red Volkswagen Transporter van on the A171 near Whitby on Sunday.

Mr Hughes’ family paid tribute to him, saying: “Howard was dearly loved by all of his family and he will be greatly missed.”

The Northern Echo:

Mr Hughes' red Ducati 1299 motorbike that was involved in the collision with a red Volkswagen Transporter van

The collision happened just south of the village of Hawsker at around 7.15am as Mr Hughes was travelling in the direction of Whitby in the company of two other motorbikes.

The driver of the Volkswagen Transporter, a 38 year-old man from the Midlands area was arrested at the scene of the collision and has been released under investigation whilst enquiries continue.

Mr Hughes suffered fatal injuries and died at the scene of the crash.

Police are appealing to anyone who saw either of the vehicles prior to the incident or who witnessed the collision, to please contact them.

Anyone with any information about the incident, including any dash-cam footage taken in the area prior to, or after the collision, is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101.