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Friday, 21 November 2014

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Man arrested by Cumbria police investigating hit and run

A man has been arrested in connection with a hit and run which left a schoolgirl suffering from serious injuries.

The 12-year-old girl was airlifted to hospital in Newcastle after being struck by a car in Cleator Moor on Friday morning.

Following a police appeal asking for any information about the driver of a blue Honda Civic, members of public got in touch with the force.

A 35-year-old man, from Cleator Moor, was later arrested on suspicion of a string of offences. These were: dangerous driving; causing serious injuries while driving dangerously; failing to stop following a road collision; taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent and driving without insurance.

He has been released on police bail until August 7.

The collision happened just before 8.15am and police closed the road, at Leconfield Street, while the air crew doctor and paramedic team helped other ambulance staff to treat the girl. She was then flown to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle by the Pride of Cumbria Great North Air Ambulance.

A police spokesman said: “The girl suffered serious bruising following the incident, which was not believed to be life-threatening.

“She has now been released from hospital.”

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