A STARK message showing how easily a motorist can fail to see a child at the side of the road is being sent out as the darker evenings draw in.

A photograph has been issued by police across the border in North Yorkshire showing a child in high visibility clothing in the top photograph, with the same child standing in the same place wearing dark clothing. The picture shows the child is almost invisible to motorists and applies to any town or village across the country.

The tweet from PC Rich Sutcliffe says: "The same child is in both photos. The only difference is how they're dressed.

"As we approach shorter daylight hours, whether you walk, cycle, use public transport or drive, make sure you can be seen. #BeSafeBeSeen."