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Child critical after being hit by car

A nine-year-old boy is fighting for his life in hospital after a crash in Rotherham. The child was hit by a black Peugeot car yesterday evening near to the junction with Sopewell Road.

The child, from Kimberworth, suffered head injuries and multiple fractures, and was taken to Sheffield Children’s Hospital. The 56-year-old driver was not hurt.

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PCSO to be sentenced for child sex offences

A former police community support officer will be sentenced in York today after previously admitting child sex offences. Gary Hastings, 48, of Wright Street, Hull, pleaded guilty at York Crown Court last month to seven counts of sexual activity with two boys.

The court was told the offences took place between November 2007 and August 2010. A spokeswoman for Humberside Police said at the time: "Gary Hastings was suspended in August 2011 following an investigation by the Humberside Police professional standards branch.

"He later tendered his resignation, which came into effect at the end of January 2012 and is therefore no longer an employee of Humberside Police. He commenced employment as a PCSO in north-east Lincolnshire in March 2008 after undergoing standard vetting procedures for this role."