Boy, seven, knocked over by scrambler bike on footpath

Stridingedge, near the scene of the accident.
Stridingedge, near the scene of the accident.
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Police are appealing for information after a seven-year-old boy was knocked by a small scrambler bike in Washington.

The incident occurred round 4.30pm yesterday afternoon in Blackfell where the boy, who was on a scooter on the footpath at the back of Stridingedge, was knocked by a child’s size scrambler motorbike.

The boy suffered minor injuries as a result of the incident.

The bike was being ridden by a male youth wearing a grey hooded top who came from the direction of Oxclose footbridge towards the Armstrong Industrial Estate.

Officers are carrying out enquiries into the incident and would like to trace the youth on the bike. Any witnesses are are asked to come forward.

Neighbourhood Inspector Steve Pescod said: “Riding motorbikes on footpaths is incredibly dangerous and puts other people in unnecessary danger - it is also illegal and those caught could face having their bike seized and ultimately crushed.”

Extra officers will be in the area this evening.

Any witnesses should ring Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191 quoting reference 807 280915 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.