A young boy has been hospitalised after an e-scooter crashed with a black Ford Fiesta.

The 11-year-old boy is believed to have been a rider on the scooter when the crash happened shortly before 4.45pm on Monday (June 12).

The scooter, which was reportedly travelling southbound, and car collided on Waterville Road in North Shields, on the junction with Avon Avenue. The full circumstances of the crash are not yet known.

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Paramedics took the boy to hospital, where he remains at this time. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

Police are now urging any witnesses to come forward to assist their enquiries.

PC Marc Crammond from the Northumbria Police Motor Patrols Department said: “This is clearly a serious incident that has left a child in hospital, and we’re keen to find out the full facts surrounding the collision.

“We are carrying out a wide range of enquiries as we look to ascertain the circumstances surrounding the collision and would ask that everyone continues to respect the investigation.

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“We’re also asking anyone who witnessed the incident, or who was in that area and saw either vehicle travelling beforehand, to get in touch. Please check any dashcam footage and let us know if you see anything that may be of interest to us.”

A force spokesperson added: “Anyone who can help is asked to contact police via the ‘Tell Us Something’ page of the police website or by calling 101 quoting log NP-20230612-0951.”

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It comes as the force issued a fresh reminder over e-scooter laws which mean they are illegal to ride in any public place.

PC Crammond added: “E-scooters and e-bikes are classified as personal light electric vehicles, so as such are treated as motor vehicles and are subject to the same legal requirements such driving license, insurance, tax and MOT. 

“People found to be driving an e-scooter or e-bike on public land could face having the vehicle seized and possible prosecution.”