Girl, 13, hurt in Banks quad bike hit and run

Quad bike Banks Image copyright Lancashire Police
Image caption A green Honda quad bike was abandoned at the scene and is being examined by police

A 13-year-old girl has been struck by a quad bike and airlifted to hospital with serious injuries.

Alex Watt was with friends in a playing field near Aveling Drive in Banks, near Southport, when she was struck on Sunday afternoon.

The girl, whose family said wants to become a dancer, suffered a broken leg and later underwent surgery.

The vehicle was abandoned near the scene and police are appealing for help to track down those responsible.

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Image caption Alex Watt needed surgery after breaking her leg above the knee

The teenager suffered a fracture and a break above the knee.

Her mother Emma Hardman, 50, said: "The operation has gone well. She has had two metal plates and six pins fitted.

"The surgeon was really pleased, which is such a relief."

The green Honda Fourtrax quad bike is being examined by forensics officers.

Lancashire Constabulary has urged the owner of the bike or any witnesses to come forward.

Ms Hardman added: "I would like to appeal to anyone who saw what happened or can help to get in touch with the police.

"This should not have happened and it could have been a lot worse.

"Those responsible need to be stopped."

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