The deaths of more two bikers around Devil's Bridge, north of Lancaster, at the weekend brought the killing toll to five in the last two months. That has led to traffic police issuing an urgent warning to bikers and calls for action to be taken to reduce the death rate.

The two men died when they smashed into an oncoming car head on between Sedburgh and Hawes. They were named this week as John George, 51 of Skelmersdale amd Patrick Hardy, 35 of Skipton. A third biker, Damien Nickson, 25, of Lostock Hall near Preston was seriously injured in a separate incident. Last month a Blackpool man died ater crashing on the A683 near Lancaster and in February two bikers were killed on the same road near Melling.

Police stated that they were very concerned about the number of accidents at biker meeting places.

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