A driver has died at an airfield while trying to break the British land speed record.

The accident took place at Elvington Airfield in York around 4.30pm this afternoon, October 1.

North Yorkshire Police have asked members of the public to stay away as it carries out an investigation.

Motorsport UK confirmed in a statement: “Motorsport UK is deeply saddened to announce that a fatal accident occurred this afternoon at Elvington Airfield during a British Land Speed Record attempt.

“Motorsport UK, together with the event organiser and the local police, has begun a full investigation into the circumstances of the incident.

North Yorkshire Police have asked members of the public to stay away as it carries out an investigation

“Further information will be provided once the initial findings of the investigation are available.

“Our thoughts are with the driver’s family, who have been informed, the organisers of the event, and other members of the motorsport community present.”

North Yorkshire Police added: "Shortly after 4.30pm today (October 1) police were called to a serious collision at Elvington Airfield near York.

"Officers are at the scene with the ambulance service. Please do not try to access the airfield at this time."

Earlier this week, a sleeping beachgoer died after she was crushed to death by a tractor.

He only realised he had run the woman over when he felt a bump and looked behind him, and she was pronounced dead at the scene.