A TEENAGE motorcycle rider is in a critical condition after a crash involving an off-road motorbike close to the pier at Skinningrove.

Police are appealing to trace the whereabouts of the motorbike following the incident at around 2.20pm on Friday, November 29.

The 17-year-old rider suffered serious head injuries but when officers arrived at the scene, the motorbike he had been riding had been removed.

Cleveland Police are now keen to trace the bike as part of their investigation into the circumstances of what happened.

The teenage boy remains in a critical condition at James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of the motorbike, or anyone who may have witnessed the incident who has not already spoken to police, is asked to contact Temporary Inspector Stephen Clyburn from the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit on the non-emergency number 101, quoting event number 204052.