A MOTORBIKE rider has died and a man has been arrested following a serious collision.

A 40-year-old motorbike rider was involved in a fatal collision with a box van just before 10.40am on Saturday.

The A131 near Twinstead, between Halstead and Sudbury was closed throughout the afternoon.

Despite the efforts of the emergency services who attended, the motorbike rider died at the scene.

The driver of the lorry, a 29-year-old man from Enfield, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

He was taken into custody for questioning and has since been released under investigation.

The road re-opened at around 6.25pm after police had finished their investigation and recovered the vehicles.

Anyone with information in connection with the incident is being asked to contact the police.

A spokesman for Essex Police said: “If you have any information, CCTV, dash cam or other footage in relation to this incident, then please get in contact with us.

“Please quote incident 342 of February 3.

“You can let us know by submitting a report on our website or by using our online Live Chat service available Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays) between 10am and 9pm.

“Visit essex.police.uk/digital101 to find out more about our website reporting services.

“If you would like to make an anonymous report you can contact independent charity @Crimestoppers, by visiting their website or by calling 0800 555 111.”