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Boy seriously injured crossing road in Lytham

Police are appealing for witnesses after a 12-year-old boy was seriously injured following a collision in Lytham last night. He was crossing Saltcotes Road at around 9:30pm when he was knocked down by a Toyota Yaris.

PS Claire Pearson of the Road Policing Unit said: “An investigation into how this collision happened is underway and I would appeal to anyone who witnessed it to come forward and contact us.”

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Esther McVey on course to lose Wirral West seat, new poll suggests

Conservative Party candidate Esther McVey Credit: PA Images

A new opinion poll suggests Conservative Minister Esther McVey is on course to be out of a job next Thursday.

A Lord Ashcroft poll in Wirral West shows the Conservative candidate, who's been an MP since 2010, is three points behind Labour's Margaret Greenwood.

Labour candidate Margaret Greenwood Credit: PA Images

But the poll does show Ms McVey has closed the gap on the Labour candidate since the last research in March from five points, putting Labour's narrow lead within the margin of error.

The poll shows the gap bewteen Labour and the Tories are within the margin of error Credit: Lord Ashcroft

"After more than a year and nearly a quarter of a million telephone interviews, we have reached the final round of my general election constituency polling," said Lord Ashcroft.

"There is...better news for Esther McVey in Wirral West, where Labour’s lead is down from five to three points since last month. This small narrowing of the gap comes as both main parties have increased their vote share, again at the expense of UKIP.

"The results show that there can be late movement on the battleground as the election approaches and voters’ minds are concentrated, and there is still room for more in the final week. That is why even these polls remain snapshots, not predictions."

Appeal for witnesses after 12-year-old injured in Lytham collision

Credit: Lancashire Police

POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a 12-year-old boy was seriously injured following a collision in Lytham last night.

The incident happened at around 9.30pm on Saltcotes Road. The boy was attempting to cross the road when he was involved in a collision with a Toyota Yaris.

The boy sustained injuries to his shoulder, pelvis and head and was taken for treatment at Manchester Children’s Hospital where he remains.

An investigation into how this collision happened is underway and I would appeal to anyone who witnessed it to come forward and contact us.

– PS Claire Pearson of the Road Policing Unit

Anyone with information can contact Lancashire Police on 101 quoting log number 1326 of 1st May.

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