Police have launched an attempted murder investigation after a woman was seriously injured in Blackburn.

Emergency services were called to reports of a collision on Whalley Banks at the junction with Pearson Street at around 7.50pm last night.

Police have said that a Fiat Punto Grande mounted the pavement before colliding with two pedestrians, a 36-year-old woman suffered serious injuries and is said to be in a critical condition in hospital.

Police believe the Fiat Punto was driven deliberately at the two pedestrians.

The Fiat Punto failed to stop at the scene of the collision.

A similar car was later found on Lower Hollin Bank Street with significant front end damage and attempts had been made to set the vehicle on fire.

The second pedestrian, a man, left the scene before police arrived but has now been found following appeals.

No arrests have been made at this stage and police are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

Police are appealing for any witnesses or people with CCTV or dashcam footage to come forward.

Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Lee Wilson, said: "This collision has left a woman with some very serious injuries and my thoughts are with her loved ones at this time."

He added: "We need to trace the people responsible for this dreadful act but we need the public’s help to do that and I would appeal for anyone who has any information which could assist us in our enquiries to come forward.

"Even if you think the information you have is insignificant please come forward and let us be the judge."

Anyone with information about the incident should call 101 quoting log number 1345 of the 19th or independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.