Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Motorcyclist safety warning after six road deaths

Fair Oak flowers
Image caption Flowers were laid at the roadside in Fair Oak where a 24-year-old biker died

A warning has been issued after six bikers were killed in Hampshire in one week.

The recent warm weather has led to an increase in traffic and a sharp rise in the number of motorcyclists using the roads, police said.

Ch Insp Andy Bottomley said: "This high number is very unusual. We need to stop this horrible trend of fatals."

Extra patrols are being sent out across the county over the weekend in an attempt to improve safety.

On Friday afternoon two 24-year-old men died in separate collisions in Fair Oak and Stockbridge.

Police said four other motorcyclists were killed in crashes within the last week at Rownhams, Oakhanger, The New Forest, and on the A31 at Alton.

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