Officers are appealing for witnesses to a serious collision on the A596.

The incident took place at Micklethwaite at 8:40am today (23 February).

Police were contacted to a report of a two vehicle collision involving a Volvo HGV and a Vauxhall Corsa.

The driver of the Corsa, a local woman in her fifties, has sustained serious injuries and was airlifted to Royal Victoria Hospital in Newcastle.

The driver of the Volvo, a man in his sixties, was uninjured.

Along with officers, NWAS and the fire service are also in attendance.

Anyone with any information is urged to contact police on 101, email quoting log 39 of February 23.

Alternatively, you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers, completely anonymously, on 0800 555 111.