A motorcyclist airlifted to hospital with serious injuries following a crash between a van and a motorbike in Poundbury has sadly died.

The crash occurred just after 4pm on Friday in Hessary Street near the junction of Lower Blakemore Road. 

Police, ambulance crews and an air ambulance were sent to the scene.

Dorset Police are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward.

A spokesman said: "At 4.10pm on Friday 14 September Dorset Police was informed by the ambulance service about the incident in Hessary Street.

"The collision involved a yellow Hyosung motorcycle and a white Iveco van.

"The air ambulance service attended and the motorcyclist, a 25-year-old local man, was taken to Southampton hospital with serious injuries.

"Sadly he died this morning, Sunday."

Police Sergeant Mark Scammell, of the traffic unit, said: “Our thoughts are with his family at this very difficult time."

He added: “I would like to renew our appeal for any witnesses to the collision who have not spoken with officers yet to come forward.

“I would also like to hear from anyone who saw the manner of driving of either vehicle before the incident or who has relevant dashcam footage.”

The air ambulance landed on the Great Field some time after 5pm.

A spokesman for South Western Ambulance Service said: "We were called soon after 4pm to attend a road traffic incident involving a motorbike and a van on Hessary Street, Poundbury.

"We sent two rapid response cars, two ambulances, and one air ambulance.

"A male patient was transported by air ambulance to Southampton General Hospital in a serious condition."

A Poundbury resident, Margaret Morrissey, said she did not see the crash but heard an enormous crash and when she went outside she saw the motorcyclist on the floor. 

Mrs Morrissey said the ambulance service arrived very quickly and paramedics were still on the scene. 

"It's very distressing when something like this happens," she said. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email at scit@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting incident number 14:333. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.