Police are appealing for witnesses following a fatal crash on the A7 between Carlisle and Longtown.

Officers are urging anyone with information to get in touch following yesterday's collision which claimed the life of a 41-year-old man from the Hampshire area.

He was driving a white VW Polo, towards Longtown, which police said was involved in a "near head on collision" with a white Landrover travelling in the opposite direction.

A spokesman for the force said: "Despite the efforts of doctors and paramedics, including air ambulance staff, the driver of the polo died at the scene as a result of injuries sustained in the collision."

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service cut free a man and a woman from the Landrover. They were taken to the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle, although their injuries were believed to be relatively minor.

The road was closed for six hours while the scene was examined and the vehicles were recovered.

Witnesses asked to contact Cumbria Police on 101 email 101@cumbria.police.uk, quoting log 195 of October 9.

The tragedy was one of two fatal collisions on Cumbria's roads yesterday.

Casey Leigh Sowerby, 19, of Workington, was killed on the A66. The crash happened at about 8am and a 31-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of drug driving.

Anyone with information about this incident should contact PC Callum Radzan on 101.