A MOTORCYCLIST in his 20s was killed in a crash in Poole last night.

Police have appealed for witnesses following the incident on Dorset Way between the Tower Park roundabout and the Oakdale slip road.

The local man was riding a Honda motorcycle and it is not known if any other vehicles were involved.

Dorset Police was called just after 9pm.

The rider died at the scene and his next of kin and the coroner have been informed.

The road was closed between the Fleetsbridge and Tower Park roundabouts to allow collision investigators to examine the scene safely.

Police Sergeant Mark Scammell, of the traffic unit, said: "Our thoughts are with this young man’s family and friends at this very difficult time.

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"We are investigating the circumstances surrounding this collision and I would appeal to anyone who was travelling along Dorset Way at the time of the collision, or immediately prior to it, and saw the motorcycle involved to please contact Dorset Police.

"I am particularly keen to hear from anyone who may have captured the motorcycle or the incident on dashcam.

"Finally, I would like to thank motorists for their patience and understanding during the road closure. This was entirely necessary to allow emergency services to deal with the incident and for collision examiners to carry out their investigations."

Anyone with information is asked to call Dorset Police on 101, quoting incident number 15:758, or the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111.