A female horse rider is dead and a second rider received hospital treatment after their horses were in collision with a van in an Essex village yesterday morning.

Jane Mitchinson, 63, of The Close, Brentwood, died when a white Toyota van collided with her horse at 9.50am yesterday (16 January) in Ashwells Road, Pilgrims Hatch.

Her horse also died.

A male rider, whose horse was put down at the scene, was taken to Queens Hospital in Romford and released after treatment.

Ms Mitchinson leaves a long-term partner and daughter.

A 51-year-old local man has been arrested and charged with death by careless driving. He has been bailed until 19 March while Essex Police investigations continue.

Anyone who witnessed the crash should contact the Chigwell road policing unit on 0300 333 4444.