Two teens arrested after hit-and-run crash in Leigh left three-year-old Leo Durrington fighting for life

TWO teenagers have been arrested after a hit-and-run crash left a three-year-old boy fighting for his life in Manchester, police said.

Leo Durrington, from Wigan, was hit by a stolen white Ford Transit Connect van which was being followed by officers in Leigh after failing to stop at 10.35am on Tuesday.

The three-year-old boy hit by a stolen van this morning has been named as Leo Darrington
The three-year-old boy hit by a stolen van this morning has been named as Leo Darrington
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A 16-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving, aggravated vehicle taking, failing to report a collision and failing to stop following a collision.

A 15-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of allowing himself to be carried in a stolen vehicle.

A Greater Manchester Police spokesman said Leo had suffered life-threatening injuries and remained in a critical condition in hospital.

After hitting Leo, the van was driven towards Twist Lane and was later recovered by police on St Johns Street in Abram.

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A forensics officer collects a toddler’s coat as evidence[/caption]

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Forensics officers at the scene in Leigh, Greater Manchester[/caption]

Sergeant Lee Westhead, of GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “Thanks to the quick work of our officers, and information received from the public, we have managed to make two arrests following this horrendous incident earlier today.

“I would like to thank everyone who has come forward to police with information so far but our investigation does not stop here, and I would ask anyone with information about what happened to please get in touch with police.

“Leo is still in a critical condition in hospital, and my thoughts are with him and his family at this incredibly difficult time.”

The incident was referred to the force’s professional standard’s branch “in line with normal force policy”, a spokesman said.

Anyone with information should call GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 0161 856 4741 or 101 quoting reference number 628 of 30/10/2018.

Reports can also be made anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

The incident has been referred to GMP’s Professional Standards Branch
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The boy is fighting for his life in hospital[/caption]

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