A MOUNTAIN biker was airlifted to hospital with head and back injuries after coming off his bike in a popular beauty spot.

The Great North Air ambulance attended the incident in Errington Woods, near New Marske, East Cleveland, this morning, along with a road ambulance crew and Cleveland Search and Rescue.

The 35-year-old man, who is from the Redcar area, had been injured after being thrown over the handlebars, after the front wheel hit a hollow.

The man, who was conscious, was given pain relief and immobilised at the scene, before being airlifted to James Cook Hospital, in Middlesbrough.

His condition is described as stable and not life-threatening.