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  • Appeal for information after seven-year-old hit by motorbike yob

    Henry James

    POLICE are appealing for information after a seven-year-old boy out with his dad was knocked from his push-along scooter by a yob on a green off-road bike.

    The incident took place at about 5.25pm on Saturday, September 15 near Summer Street, Skelmersdale.

    The rider, who was wearing a hoodie and is believed to have been accompanied by another biker, failed to stop.

    The victim, Oliver Kiernan, was taken to hospital with injuries sustained as a result of the collision but is now back at home.

    The youngster’s mother commented: “Oliver is in a lot of shock and had to spend the night in hospital but should be okay. Please if anyone has any information let me know so I can pass it along to the police. Also, please everyone be careful, I don't want this to happen to anyone else's child.

    “Oliver is badly bruised and very shaken. Thank you to everyone who sent kind messages and has tried to help. I am not going to let this go and we really need to find the person who did this before someone gets badly hurt.”

    Meanwhile, West Lancs MP Rosie Cooper believes the incident underlines the need for a more visible police presence.

    She said: “This is an unfortunate and ultimately avoidable incident which has caused injury to this young boy. I have repeatedly raised this issue with Lancashire Constabulary and Lancashire County Council and I am assured that motorbike nuisance is a priority for the police.

    “Residents need to feel safe in their communities and until they can see a more visible police presence and an example being made of one of these illegal riders they will remain fearful.

    “I am relieved that this child did not sustain even more serious injuries at the hands of this reckless rider and wish him a speedy recovery.”

    Under Section 59 of the Police Reform Act 2002 police can confiscate motorcycles from anyone who rides their bike illegally and in an inconsiderate or careless manner.

    Residents who have any information about the bike or rider are asked to contact PC 3080 Kershaw by ringing 101 and quoting log reference 1177 of 15th September.


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