A MOUNTAIN rescue team were called out this morning after a dog walker slipped in icy conditions on the edge of the North York Moors.

The 73-year-old from Guisborough called 999 after suffering a serious leg injury as he was walking along a snowy forest track at 8.30am.

Responding to a 999 call for help, the North East Ambulance Service deployed a specialist ambulance unit from Gateshead as well as alerting the volunteer Mountain Rescue Team.

A Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team spokesman said: "Members along with a paramedic from the ambulance service managed to reach the injured man in one of our 4×4 ambulances by driving for about a kilometre along the snow covered forest tracks.

"The man was treated at the scene for his leg injury and given pain relief before been loaded on a stretcher and transported back to the roadside in a all terrain vehicle belonging to the ambulance service.

"Twenty team members and five ambulance personnel were involved in the incident that lasted just over an hour. Today’s incident breaks Cleveland Team’s record for the most call-outs in a year."