The risks cyclists face on North East roads has been highlighted in shocking footage of dangerous drivers.

Northumbria Police published head-cam videos in a bid to encourage vulnerable road users to submit footage of cars passing by them too closely.

With more cyclists taking to the road during the coronavirus pandemic, those involved in serious or fatal collisions increased by 11 per cent – with figures at a four-year high.

And police are concerned the darker winter months will also lead to a spike in cyclists being put at risk due to cars driving by them at high speed.

Between September 2019 and August this year there were 336 incidents involving cyclists in the Northumbria Police force area, with 80 of those leading to serious or fatal injuries.

That was an 11 per cent increase in serious or fatal injuries compared to the same period between 2018 and 2019, and the highest figure in the past four years.

Now officers are encouraging the public to share footage in a bid to reduce the number of cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders put at risk by drivers.

The plea comes as Northumbria Police throws its support behind Brake’s annual Road Safety Week that launched across the country on Monday.

Chief Inspector Sam Rennison, who oversees the force’s road safety department, says positive action will be taken if footage submitted to police shows dangerous or careless driving.

“Modern technology means drivers no longer need to be caught red-handed by the police at the scene of a crime to be prosecuted,” said Chief Insp Rennison.

“As it stands, 77 per cent of the footage submissions we do get result in positive action being taken, whether that be a warning or a prosecution.

“But we still don’t see a large number of submissions from vulnerable road users and this week we want to appeal to cyclists to submit more footage.”