Kindhearted residents have launched a fund-raiser for the family of Leo Durrington, the three-year-old boy who was critically injured by a stolen van.
Leo was rushed to hospital after a stolen Ford Transit Connect, which was being chased by police, struck him after turning onto Wigan Road, Leigh yesterday morning (Tuesday October 30).
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Officers pursuing the vehicle stopped immediately to help him, and the suspects fled the scene and later abandoned the vehicle.
Two teenagers, a 16-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving, aggravated vehicle taking, failing to report a collision and failing to stop following a collision.
A 15-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of allowing himself to be carried in a stolen vehicle.
The community has already started to rally around the poorly youngster, launching an online fund-raiser to help support his family through what will undoubtedly be one of the toughest times of their lives.
A message on the crowd-funding page, set up by members of a popular community Facebook page, said: "We are a great community and we support each other. We hope that little Leo, makes a full and speedy recovery but we imagine that he and his family will need support, as he recovers."
The fund-raising page can be viewed at https://www.gofundme.com/support-for-leo-durrington-aged-3