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Boy aged three fighting for life after being hit by van

A three-year-old boy is fighting for his life in hospital after being ran over by a stolen van during a police chase.

Poor Leo Durrington aged three is now in a critical condition in hospital and fighting for his life.

He was hit and knocked to the ground by a white ford transit connect van in Leigh, Greater Manchester at 10.35am on Tuesday.

Emergency services responded to the incident on Wigan Road following the police chase.

Police had been chasing the van after it failed to stop, officers gave the boy first aid before paramedics and an air ambulance arrived at the scene.

Inspector Danny Byrne of Greater Manchester Police said: “This was a horrendous incident that has left a three-year-old boy in hospital fighting for his life, and we are doing all we can to support his family at this incredibly difficult time.”

He continued: “I am urging anyone that thinks they might have seen the van throughout the morning or have any information, no matter how small or insignificant it might seem, to please get in touch as soon as possible.

“Even the smallest piece of information could be the key to us finding those responsible so please call police.”

The van, which fled the scene towards Twist Lane, has since been recovered nearby, the force added.

Wigan Road remains closed between Nel Pan Lane and Hill Crest Avenue while officers are at the scene.

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