A 50-year-old woman has been killed after a car ploughed into spectators at a motor rally in Scotland.

The Snowman Rally in Inverness has been called off following the accident, in which an eight-year-old boy was also injured, said police.

A Northern Constabulary spokeswoman said: "From initial information it would appear that a car involved in the rally left the track and collided with spectators."

The boy, whose injuries are not believed to be life threatening, was taken to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness.

Neither the driver nor the co-driver of the car were injured in the incident.

Officers said the identity of the woman killed would not be released until her next of kin have been informed.

The Snowman Rally has been a fixture on the Scottish racing calendar since its inception in 1955. More than 100 cars had been slated to take part in the event this weekend, which is the opening round of the Scottish Rally Championships.