BIKERS have been warned to be careful this May Day by Cumbria Police following six deaths of motorcyclists in the county since the end of February.

The list of casualties includes: Stephen Gray, 43, from Lemon St in South Shields. He died on Monday, April 25 after his motorcycle collided with a dry stone wall on the A686 between Alston and Hartside summit.

Lee Matthews, 41. Died on Friday April 22 when his motorcycle crashed into a wall on Ferry Road in Barrow.

Andrew Mitchell, 44, from Blackpool. Died on Saturday, April 9 after his motorcycle collided with a car near Kirk Bridge, Garsdale.

Kenneth Hardy, 72, from Windermere. Died on Monday March 21 after his Harley Davidson crashed into a car on the A591 near Plantation Bridge. He left behind his wife, two sons and three grandchildren.

John Tweddell, 44, from Morecambe. Died on Sunday, March 6 when his motorcycle collided with a car on the A683 between Sedbergh and Middleton. He leaves behind his wife, parents and two sisters.

Jordan Peck, 17, from Keswick. Died on Monday, February 28 after his motorcycle collided with a car near Dovenby, Cockermouth.

Sergeant Jo Lennox is a police motorcyclist in Cumbria’s roads policing unit, and manages the county’s Bikesafe scheme, which provides education to motorcyclists to reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured on the region’s roads.

She said: “My officers and I will be out and about throughout Cumbria this weekend, keeping an eye on motorists behaviour and we want to enjoy the weekend without being called to a serious collision, and without having to be the ones to break the news to another grieving family."