AN EIGHT-YEAR-OLD boy was taken to hospital with a suspected broken leg after he collided with a police car as he rode his scooter.

The accident happened in Vicarage Lane in Silksworth, Sunderland, at about 6.30pm yesterday (Wednesday). 

Police closed the road from Warwick Terrace and Lincoln Avenue, and at the roundabout with Silksworth Lane along to Blind Lane to North Street.

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The driver of the police car was not injured.

Police have now launched an investigation.

Chief Superintendent Chris Thomson said: “A full investigation will be carried out to establish the circumstances of the collision, and extra officers will be in the area to inform residents about the incident, and offer them reassurance and answer any concerns they may have."

The incident is being referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

Anyone with information should contact Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191 quoting reference 878 220114 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.