Moped rider forced off road

POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a moped rider was forced off the road and seriously injured.

The 46-year-old local man suffered ankle and arm injuries on the B6164 Knaresborough to Wetherby road on Tuesday at around 8.25am.

He had just passed the roundabout at the junction with the A658 when he was overtaken on a bend by a small silver vehicle carrying three young men. As the car overtook the moped, it cut back across its path to avoid an oncoming vehicle.

The moped rider had to veer to the left to avoid a collision and fell off after hitting the grass verge.

He was taken to Harrogate District Hospital where his condition was described as stable.

Traffic Constable Stuart Holden, of Harrogate Roads Policing Group, said: “The rider of the moped had to take evasive action to avoid a collision and sustained some injuries which may require surgery as a result.

“I am appealing to anyone who witnessed the incident to contact the police as soon as they can.

“I would urge the occupants of the silver-coloured vehicle that overtook the moped prior to the rider falling off, to come forward as they may have information vital to the investigation.”

Anyone with information should call TC Holden on 0845 6060247 quoting reference 12110159729.