A man has been arrested after an eight-year-old boy was seriously injured in an alleged hit and run.

Police were called to Newchurch Road, Bacup at 6.35pm on Thursday (June 24) to reports an eight-year-old boy on a toy scooter had been struck by a grey BMW while on a crossing.

The driver of the vehicle failed to stop at the scene.

A 34-year-old man from Bacup has now been arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving, driving while disqualified and aggravated vehicle taking. He is currently in custody.

The boy, who is from Bacup, was taken to Manchester Children’s Hospital with serious injuries.

Sgt Michael Higginson, from Lancashire Police’s Tactical Operations Unit, said: “This collision has left a young boy seriously injured and first and foremost my thoughts are with him and his family at this extremely distressing time.

“We have now launched an investigation to establish the full circumstances of the collision.

“I would also ask the public to check their CCTV or dashcam footage to see if they captured anything which could assist our investigation.”

Officers have been appealing for information and dashcam footage of the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101, quoting log 1257 of June 24, 2021.