An 11-year-old girl was seriously injured in a crash yesterday which saw a man arrested for dangerous driving.

Police and paramedics rushed to the scene in Radcliffe New Road last night following the crash, which occurred as the girl crossed the road with a friend.

A 35-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing injury by dangerous driving.

The collision between the girl and the car is believed to have happened close to the Esso garage.

The girl sustained life-threatening injuries and was taken to hospital, where she remains in a critical condition.

The driver of the Suzuki Alto failed to remain at the scene.

A 35-year-old man made contact with police a short time later and was arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving. He remains in custody for questioning.

Officers are appealing to the public to come forward with any information or footage of the incident, to aid their enquiries.

Police Constable Phil Drummond, of GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “This is a desperately sad incident and our thoughts are with the girl’s friends and family at this terrible time. Our specialist officers are providing them with support.

“It is important that we ensure that we establish the full circumstances of this incident, and therefore I am appealing to the public to provide us with any information they can to help us with our investigation.

“Did you witness the collision? Do you have any dash cam footage? We also would like to hear from anyone who may have seen a blue Suzuki Alto travelling around the Radcliffe area towards Whitefield between 4.15-4.30pm. Whatever information you have, please get in touch.

“We are particularly keen to speak to the driver of a white Ford Transit van, which was travelling eastbound along New Road, towards Whitefield, who was first to stop at scene of the collision. You may hold key information to assist us”

Anyone with any information should call police on 0161 856 4741 quoting incident number 2294 of 10/08/2020. Details can also be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.