A TREE surgeon had to be rushed to hospital with suspected spinal injuries - after falling from the tree he was cutting back.

Emergency services were called to the scene, at Wilsill near Ripon, at 5.28pm last night.

A spokesperson for North Yorkshire Fire and rescue said: “A crew from Ripon assisted ambulance personnel with the lifting of a patient from the open into an awaiting ambulance.

“A male tree surgeon aged in his 20s had fallen from a tree he was cutting.

“He was transported to hospital with suspected C spine injuries.”