Police close motorbike event after one rider killed and another injured

The first incident happened just after 1pm

Police have been forced to close down a quad biking and motocross event in the UK after one rider was killed and another seriously wounded.

Durham Constabulary said it had "little choice" other than to bring the event to an end after the death and the injury at Hardwick Hall Hotel, near Sedgefield.

The first incident happened just after 1pm and involved a male rider who came off his bike and suffered critical injuries.

He was taken to James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough by air ambulance but was confirmed dead soon after arrival.

The second rider, a female in her early 30s, suffered serious injuries in another separate incident just before 2.10pm.

She, too, was taken to James Cook Hospital by air ambulance.

Her condition is unknown.

A statement from Durham police said: "Police therefore took the decision on safety grounds to close down the privately-run event, which involved around 100 participants and 300 spectators."

Supt Mick Bird added: "We are understand the formal investigation is likely to be led by the local authority but we are carrying out initial enquiries into the circumstances

"With two very serious incidents within little more than an hour, we felt there was little choice but to bring the event to a close."