Kirklees is a hotspot for dangerous driving with offences up by more than 40% since last year, according to new research.

The Examiner’s exclusive analysis of open crime data from the Home Office has revealed the extent of the problem in the district.

In the 12 months up to and including June 2015 there were 60 dangerous driving crimes in Kirklees, of which five were death by dangerous driving offences.

This is a 43% increase when compared to the 42 dangerous driving offences recorded by West Yorkshire Police in the 12 months to June 2014.

It means that in the year to June 2015 there were 13.9 dangerous driving offences for every 100,000 people.

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This is more than double the national average of 6.3 per 100,000.

In Calderdale the rate of dangerous driving offences was also above the national average at 8.7 crimes for every 100,000 people, although this was a 28% decrease compared to the previous year.

Across the whole of England and Wales there were 3,640 cases of dangerous driving in the 12 months to June 2015.

This was an increase of 11.6% compared to the 3,262 in the year to June 2014.

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