Boy hurt in Merseyside scrambler bike hit and run

An eight-year-old boy suffered serious facial injuries when he was knocked down by a scrambler bike in a hit and run in Merseyside.

The bike and another vehicle, a quad bike, were being ridden along Beatrice Street, Bootle, when the boy was hit just before 19:00 GMT on Tuesday.

He remains in a "very serious condition" in hospital, police said.

The bike was being ridden illegally, in a manner that put lives in jeopardy, police said.

The man riding the scrambler bike had his face covered with a scarf and left the scene, with the quad bike rider, without stopping.

Det Insp Jon Smith said: "This case highlights the dangers of vehicles being ridden where they are not meant to be.

"Anyone who takes to our roads and open spaces illegally poses a danger to pedestrians and other motorists."

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