Hairy Biker injured in motorcycle crash

Si King knocked from his machine in Newcastle city rush hour

HAIRY BIKER Simon King has been taken to hospital after the celebrity chef was knocked from his bike by a car driver as he rode through Newcastle city rush hour.

The Geordie was being followed by his TV partner Dave Myers at the time of the crash, as the pair rode to a TV shoot. Filming was halted for the day.

King, 42, was taken to Newcastle General Hospital and is now recovering at home.

Gill Tierney, executive producer of BBC Programmes, said: "Filming will be rescheduled.

"We don't know when he will be ready to work again. When he has recovered we will start filming again. We hope to do that as soon as possible in a few days or so.

"We don't expect this to affect the transmission date, though the channel reserves the right to change its broadcast schedule."

In 2011, Hairy Biker Dave Myers wedded his fiancee Liliana Orzac.