POLICE have issued a warning to road users after the first day of British Summertime yesterday saw four people killed on the county's roads.

Cumbria Police are urging all road users, including cars, motorbikes, and cyclists, to take care as the summer months approach and roads become busier.

The warning comes as four people, including three motorcyclists, died yesterday afternoon from three separate incidents across the county.

The first incident happened at around 1pm on the A66 at Embleton, between Cockermouth and Bassenthwaite and involved a Hyundai motorbike and car.

The driver of the car has been identified as William Bell, aged 85, from Moor Road, Great Broughton.

The driver of the motorcycle has been identified as Iain David Prestwich, aged 49, from Blencogo, Wigton.

A motorcyclist identified as Ian Alan Broughton, aged 52, from Horwich near Bolton, died after a collision on the A684, near Sedbergh, at around 2.15pm.

His red and black MV Augusta motorbike was involved in a collision with a gold Volkswagen Tiguan.

The driver of the car, who police described as a '55-year-old local man' was treated at the scene by paramedics.

A motorcyclist also died in a crash at 3.30pm at Lanthwaite, Whicham Valley, near Millom.

The Yamaha motorbike he was driving collided with a Renault Megane Scenic, driven by a man from Cumbria.

Assistant Chief Constable Michelle Skeer said: “As the days get longer and warmer we will see more people on the roads enjoying the beautiful views that Cumbria has to offer.

"This includes motorcyclists and cyclists who may not have ventured out in the cold winter months.

“This means that there are different shapes and speeds of vehicles on the road which car drivers may have become less familiar with in the last few months.

"I would urge all car drivers to ensure that they keep an eye out for all road users, particularly bikes and motorbikes, when travelling our county’s roads.

“I would also encourage bike riders, particularly those on high powered motorbikes to drive cautiously.

"Ride to enjoy the countryside and to arrive safely at your destination.

"Often drivers think that because they have ridden on the road before that it is safe – however, it only takes a second to bring a pleasant ride out to a tragic end."