A MAN is due to appear in court after a five-year-old boy tragically died after being hit by a van.

Layton Darwood, aged five, was fatally injured in the incident on Willow Avenue in Fenham, Newcastle, on August 25, 2020.

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An investigation into the circumstances behind his tragic death was immediately launched.

Today (Thursday May 12) police have confirmed that a 40-year-old man has been issued with a court summons and is due to appear at Newcastle Magistrates’ Court to be charged with causing death by driving while disqualified.

Sergeant Ray Lowery, from Northumbria Police’s Motor Patrols Department, said: “This remains an incredibly distressing time for Layton’s family and our thoughts continue to be with them.

“They are being supported by specialist officers and we would once again ask that their privacy is respected as they process this new development.

"We'd like to take this opportunity to remind the public that the case is very much ongoing, so please do not speculate on social media."


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