A man has been charged with death by dangerous driving and drink driving following a fatal crash in Moreton-in-Marsh.

A man in his 50s died after a crash involving a car and a motorbike in the High Street on Saturday evening (June 11).

Gloucestershire Police has now confirmed that Yasen Yanev, aged 34, of Tanhouse Avenue, Birmingham, has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving and driving over the limit of alcohol levels.

He was remanded in custody to appear at Cheltenham Magistrates' Court yesterday (Monday, June 13).

Moreton councillor Clive Webster said: “I’m shocked by the recent accident and death on Moreton-in-Marsh High Street last Saturday, and send my sympathies to the family and friends of the man killed.

“While the main cause of this incident seems to have been alcohol, I think we should consider whether changes are needed to reduce the number of accidents on Moreton-in-Marsh High Street, particularly fatal and life-limiting incidents.”

'Do all you can to save lives'

According to Cllr Webster, Moreton suffers a fatal or life-limiting accident every year in and around the High Street.

“This is perhaps a consequence of roughly 17,000 motor vehicles passing through the centre of Moreton every day, of which around 750 are lorries,” he added.

“Moreton is busier than ever, and we need to recognise that and find ways to improve the High Street area to be safe, pleasant and economically productive.

“The town council is already working with Gloucestershire County Council on this problem, and I've invited the local police to assist with that work in whatever way is possible.

“In the meantime, I'm asking residents and passers-through to please respect the tragedy of last Saturday, respect the 20mph zone, and do all you can to save lives whether you're driving or not.”