Motorbike crashes soared by nearly 10% last year with Tower Hamlets one of the worst blackspots in Britain.

There were 20,350 motorbike crashes in the country in 2014 according to figures from the Department for Transport, 8.6% higher than in 2013.

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This is a five-year high for motorbike crashes and 4.5 per cent higher than the average number of crashes in each of the past five years.

Of the 20,350 motorbike crashes in 2014 5,626 resulted in serious or fatal injuries to the motorcyclists involved. This is an increase of 8.3% compared to 2013 and is also 3.9% higher than the average figure for the previous five year period.

TEN AREAS WITH HIGHEST NUMBERS OF CRASHES

Local Authority // Accidents 2013 // Accidents 2014 // % Change on last year

Westminster // 319 // 342 // 7.2%

Lambeth // 267 // 333 // 24.7%

Wandsworth // 233 // 263 // 12.9%

• Tower Hamlets // 214 // 259 // 21.0%

Birmingham // 219 // 232 // 5.9%

Brent // 186 // 221 // 18.8%

Islington // 190 // 219 // 15.3%

Camden // 160 // 218 // 36.3%

Lewisham // 171 // 217 // 26.9%

Ealing // 199 // 209 // 5.0%