The Daily Telegraph - Saturday

Boy, 11, in critical condition after being hit by police van

- By Daily Telegraph Reporter

AN 11-YEAR-OLD boy was in a critical condition in hospital last night after being hit by a police van in Lancaster.

Lancashire Police said that the boy was taken to hospital after the incident on Owen Road at shortly before 8.30pm on Thursday.

The collision happened as the boy was crossing the road and as officers were responding to an emergency call, police said.

The boy, from the local area, was taken to Royal Lancaster Infirmary and later transferre­d to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool, where he remains in a critical condition.

Lancashire Police said it was investigat­ing. “Our thoughts are with the child’s loved ones at this time,” the force said.

The police watchdog has said that it will “thoroughly examine” the circumstan­ces that led to the boy being struck by the police vehicle, which was understood to have its lights and sirens on at the time.

The Independen­t Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said the initial evidence indicated the officer driving had activated his emergency equipment at the time the collision occurred.

Catherine Bates, IOPC regional director, said: “This is an incredibly tragic incident and my thoughts are with the boy, his family and all those affected by the incident.

“There is a mandatory requiremen­t for forces to refer incidents like this to us, which result in death or serious injury, and our investigat­ion will thoroughly examine the circumstan­ces prior to the collision, including whether appropriat­e policies and procedures were followed.”

Chf Supt Karen Edwards, divisional commander for west division, said her thoughts and prayers remain with the boy and his family.

She said that the collision took place on Owen Road at the junction with Torrisholm­e Road and involved a marked police Peugeot 308 hatchback which was responding to an emergency call.

Chf Supt Edwards said: “The boy, who is 11 years old and from the local area, was taken by ambulance to the Royal Lancaster Infirmary.

“He was later transferre­d to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool. He remains in a critical condition.”

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