Bike rider injured

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A MOTORCYCLIST was airlifted to hospital with life-threatening injuries after a crash.

The 20-year-old motocross rider, from Peterlee, suffered head and facial injuries when he came off his machine on a jump.

It happened at South Bank, Middlesbrough, at 3.20pm yesterday.

Due to the severity of his injuries, the helicopter crew anaesthetised the patient at the scene before flying him to the major trauma centre at James Cook Hospital.