Boy, 3, fighting for life after being struck by stolen van during police pursuit

Boy, 3, fighting for life after being struck by stolen van during police pursuit

POLICE in England are appealing for information after a three-year-old boy was struck by a stolen van during a police pursuit.

Leo Durrington from Wigan, Greater Manchester, is in a critical condition following the collision in Leigh this morning.

Greater Manchester Police have now released images of the van in the hope of tracking down the driver.

Failed to stop

Officers on patrol attempted to stop the stolen white Ford Transit Connect on Wigan Road at around 10.35am.

The van failed to stop and during a brief pursuit, it collided with the toddler before continuing on towards Twist Lane.

(Image: GMP)

Officers stopped and gave first aid to the youngster before paramedics and the air ambulance arrived at the scene.

He was rushed to hospital with life-threatening injuries and remains in a critical condition.

The van was later recovered on St Johns Street in Abram and enquiries are ongoing.


“This horrendous incident has left Leo fighting for his life and has devastated his family, friends and the community,” said Police Sergeant Lee Westhead, of GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit.

“The driver showed absolutely no regard for Leo or his family as he fled the scene and continues to evade police.

“The van we have recovered has damage to the passenger side headlight and is missing the passenger side door mirror.

“We have released images of the van and are appealing to anyone that saw it over the last couple of days to give us a call.

Police have released images of the van (Image: GMP)

“Myself, along with Leo’s family are urging anyone with any information to please get in touch as a matter of urgency.”

Anyone with information should call GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 0161 856 4741 or 101 quoting reference number 628 of 30/10/2018.

Reports can also be made anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

The incident has been referred to the force’s Professional Standard’s Branch who have made a referral to the Independent Office for Police Conduct in line with normal force policy.