Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Biker dies in crash on rural road near Basingstoke

A motorcyclist died when he crashed his bike on a country road south of Basingstoke in Hampshire.

David Watkins, of Preston Candover near Alton, was on the B3046 from Nutley towards Farleigh Wallop when the accident happened on Thursday morning.

Police said the 42-year-old overtook a BMW car travelling northbound and lost control of his motorbike and hit the verge.

He was thrown from the bike and died at the scene.

The road was closed for about four hours to allow officers to conduct a full investigation.

Police have appealed for anyone who saw the accident, or Mr Watkins riding along before it happened, to get in touch.

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