THE MOTORCYCLIST killed after a collision between his bike and a horse on a major road has been identified.

Daniel Robins, 31, of Alumhurst Road, Bournemouth, died following a crash on the A31 on Wednesday evening.

Daniel was one of two riders who were involved in a collision with a horse on the westbound carriageway near Picket Post around 6.15pm.

The second rider, a 47-year-old man from Broadstone, remains in hospital in a serious condition.

Prior to the collision, both riders were held in a queue of traffic while police responded to reports of a horse loose on the carriageway. Officers were advising motorists to proceed with caution regarding the possibility of animals in the carriageway.

This element of the incident was referred by Hampshire Constabulary to the Independent Police Complaints Commission and we await its decision on how it will be investigated.

The collision is being investigated by the Road Death Investigation team and anyone with information about it is asked to contact them at Eastleigh police station on 101, quoting Operation Hedingham.