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Several spectators have been injured after a motorcycle crashed into the crowd at the Oliver’s Mount motorbike racing circuit in Scarborough.

North Yorkshire Police officers were called today at around 10.45am to report of a collision at the racing circuit.

A spokesman for the force said: “A number of spectators have been injured and taken to hospital, including one seriously injured.

“The rider of the motorcycle was treated at the scene.”

It is understood that the Yorkshire Ambulance Service has taken three casualties to hospital by air ambulance helicopter. Two air ambulances were involved in the operation, the Examiner understands.

Oliver’s Mount has been likened to a ‘miniature TT by the seaside’. The 2.43 mile track is regarded as challenging for riders.

This weekend’s event has been the Steve Henshaw International Gold Cup.

'Passion and risk' sums up the sport

We understand what happened today is the first serious incident on the circuit for several years in what is undoubtedly a potentially dangerous sport.

Racing fans have taken to social media to express their thoughts and feelings.

Writing on the Oliver’s Mount Facebook page Andy Campbell wrote: “Personally I think they should put money into the circuit, years have gone by with not a great deal of upgrades or investment.

“The riders choose the dangerous profession however spectators should be protected from any risks.”

Tina Wilkinson wrote: “First time I have ever been to watch racing at Oliver’s. Really opened my eyes this weekend to the passion and risk riders and spectators have for the sport. Thoughts go out to family and friends of those involved in the incidents this weekend.”

We all echo those sentiments.

What we know so far

Two air ambulances and three road ambulances were called to Oliver’s Mount at 1.40pm.

A rider crashed through fencing, injuring two spectators.

The rider was flown to James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough while the two spectators went to Scarborough Hospital.

Oliver's Mount circuit, Scarborough
Oliver's Mount circuit, Scarborough (Image: Oliver's Mount Racing)

Earlier, during morning qualifying, the meeting was halted after a incident at Drury’s Hairpin when a bike ploughed into spectators. Six people were injured, one seriously, according to police.

Are crash barriers needed?

After today’s incidents questions are being asked about whether there should be barriers to protect spectators.

On the Oliver’s Mount Racing Facebook page there are lots of good wishes for those injured but also people asking about safety barriers.

Christina Lawson wrote: “Do you think there should be barriers up to protect the spectators, then again it would be expensive and I think some people would say it was a eyesore.”

Our thoughts must be with the injured right now but there will be a time when the question about barriers will be seriously looked at.

We understand at least eight people have been injured today in two separate incidents.

Racing cancelled

Racing has been cancelled for the day after two serious incidents.

This statement has just been issued trackside: “Today we have had 2 serious incidents involving a number of spectators.

Our medical personnel, together with the marshals and officials of the club, local police, nhs, ambulance staff and helimeds have treated all the injured.

In view of the seriousness of these incidents and our requirements to call on outside assistance to help with this treatment, we have reluctantly taken the advice of everyone concerned and have decided to cancel the rest of the meeting.

We sincerely apologise to you all for taking this decision and hope you will understand our difficulties in this unprecedented situation.

We wish you all a safe journey home.”

Latest statement from police

Here’s the latest statement from North Yorkshire Police.

FIRST INCIDENT

North Yorkshire Police were called at approximately 10.45am on Sunday 24 September 2017, to reports of a collision at Oliver’s Mount circuit in Scarborough.

A number of spectators have been injured and taken to hospital, including one seriously injured.

The rider of the motorcycle was treated at the scene.

We will provide further information when we are able.

UPDATE: Six people were injured, including one seriously.

SECOND INCIDENT

Police were called to a second collision at Oliver’s Mount circuit at around 1.45pm on Sunday 24 September 2017.

There are a number of casualties.

We will provide further information when we are able.

Racing halted again

Racing now back on hold after another crash on the track. Air ambulance called out again, we understand.

Rider badly hurt yesterday

The injuries to spectators followed a serious accident on the track yesterday. Our thoughts are with those injured both today and yesterday.

Good wishes from biking community

Drama at Oliver’s Mount has shocked spectators and the wider biking community. Lots of good wishes being offered on social media to those who have been hurt.