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Plea to trace vital witnesses to North Yorkshire crash

Dean and Helen Slater
Image caption Dean and Helen Slater were travelling in company with five other motorcyclists

Police in North Yorkshire have made a plea to trace vital witnesses to a motorbike crash which claimed the lives of a husband and wife.

Dean and Helen Slater, from Thornton, Bradford, died when their motorbike collided with a car on the slip-road for the A64 from the A162 on 25 August.

Traffic Sgt Julie Pearson said she wanted to speak to two pedestrians on the A659 footpath from Boston Spa.

The drivers of a Land Rover Discovery and Audi A4 are also being traced.

Police said Mr and Mrs Slater, originally from Morley, Leeds, were travelling in company with five other motorcyclists when the crash happened.

The route taken by the group was from Bingley to Shipley along the A650, then past Leeds Bradford Airport at Yeadon, travelling to Pool through Arthington towards Harewood on the A658.

The group then headed from Harewood to Collingham along the A61 before heading to Boston Spa and then Tadcaster when the collision, with a Vauxhall Vectra on a slip road on to the A64 eastbound, occurred.

Sgt Pearson said: "I am keen to trace two pedestrians who were walking on the A659 footpath from Boston Spa towards the A1 between 7pm and 7.25pm on the evening of the collision.

"They will have witnessed a group of motorcycles passing them, as will the drivers of a dark-coloured Land Rover Discovery and an Audi A4 estate, who had travelled from the A1 roundabout on to the A659.

"It is imperative that these people get in touch with the police as they could greatly assist with our inquiries."

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