A young boy from London is recovering from his injuries after a cycling accident on Hampstead Heath.
A police source explained the boy was riding someone else's BMX bike was not riding on a designated path when the accident happened.
Friends called the emergency services when it emerged that their friend was slipping in and out of consciousness.
The London Air Ambulance was called to the scene in order to air-lift the boy to hospital, landing just meters from the spot where the crash happened.
The teenage boy was put on a stretcher and flown to Royal London Hospital to be treated for his injuries.
An eye witness reported the events following the accident:
"He and his friends had come over to ask me about kite-flying and then only a few minutes later I saw the helicopter flying towards the Heath which made me think something serious was going on."
"When I got there I saw his friends down by the crash site and they seemed pretty shocked.
"He had probably fallen into a little dip in the ground and been thrown off his bike – it’s a very uneven surface there.
The local Police have since encouraged all riders to stay on the designated path and where appropriate safety gear.
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A worker has praised hospital staff who helped him recover when a serious cycling accident left him with serious head injuries. The man, a father-of-two, spent three months in hospital for treatment to injuries resulting from the cycling accident last year on his commute to work.
The 49-year-old was forced to leave his job because of the injuries and he is unlikely that he will be able to earn a living in the future.
A man in his forties has reportedly suffered serious back injuries when he was thrown from his bike in Horsham.
The victim was cycling on a single carriageway bridge when he swerved to avoid a green Landrover towing a trailer, colliding with a temporary road sign.
Police and emergency services were called to scene of the collision and the cyclist was taken to the local hospital for treatment.
AN ELDERLY cyclist who was knocked off her bike on the Brighton Road in mid-rush hour has told how "more than 50 cars" merely drove past her as she struggled to move or breathe.
The victim was cycling back from her morning swim when a car pulled sharply out in front of her into the cycle lane.
A 15 year old girl was taken to hospital following a collision with a car as she cycled to school. The youngster was airlifted to hospital with serious injuries after the crash in Sandbach Road, Congleton.
She was cycling past a junction when she was in collision with a vehicle. Cheshire Police closed off part of Sandbach Road following the accident.
A new campaign has been launched in Scunthorpe to encourage more people to use cycle helmets in Scunthorpe and across the region.
Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership says while people talk about the visibility of cycle users they very rarely address the issue of wearing cycle helmets.
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