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Boy, 11, in critical condition after being hit by police car in Lancaster

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The police officer who knocked over an 11-year-old boy in Lancashire had activated his car's siren and blue lights at the time the collision occurred, according to initial evidence gathered by the police watchdog.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) is investigating the actions of Lancashire constabulary officers before the crash in Lancaster on Thursday night. The police officer was responding to an emergency call at the time, police said.

Investigators will examine whether appropriate policies and procedures were followed leading up to the crash, which left the boy seriously injured.

The boy remains in hospital in a critical condition after being hit by the police vehicle while crossing Owen Road near Ryelands Park in the north of the city.

"Initial evidence indicates the officer driving had activated his emergency equipment at the time the collision occurred," the IOPC said on Friday.

A spokesperson confirmed that meant the car's blue lights and siren were on at the time of the crash.

Ch Supt Karen Edwards told reporters on Friday that the vehicle involved was a marked Peugeot 308 hatchback which was responding to an emergency call.

"The boy, who is 11 years old and from the local area, was taken by ambulance to the Royal Lancaster infirmary, and was later transferred to Alder Hey Children's hospital in Liverpool. He remains in a critical condition and our thoughts remain with his loved ones at this time," said Edwards at a press conference.

She said the boy's family was being supported by specially trained officers. "I appreciate there'll be lots of questions about what has happened and why and I want to reassure you today that a full and thorough investigation will be carried out to establish the circumstances," she added.

The IOPC regional director Catherine Bates said: "This is an incredibly tragic incident and my thoughts are with the boy, his family and all those affected by the incident.

"There is a mandatory requirement for forces to refer incidents like this to us which result in death or serious injury, and our investigation will thoroughly examine the circumstances prior to the collision, including whether appropriate policies and procedures were followed."

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