Boy, five, dies after being hit by van in Newcastle as police arrest man, 38

  • Police were called to Willow Avenue, Fenham, Newcastle at 4.50pm yesterday
  • The boy was rushed to hospital by emergency services but later died
  • CCTV shows a taxi was also on the street at the time of the road accident
A five-year-old boy has died after he was hit by a van.
At 4.50pm yesterday police received a report of a collision involving a Ford Transit van and a child on Willow Avenue in Fenham, Newcastle.
Emergency services attended and the boy was taken to hospital but later died.
A 38-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident and remains in police custody at this time. 
Enquiries into the circumstances of the collision are ongoing. Police are now appealing for any witnesses to the collision to get in touch.
Officers were called to Willow Avenue in Fenham, Newcastle, at 4.50pm yesterday
They are appealing for information and for the driver of a taxi on the road to come forward
They are appealing for information and for the driver of a taxi on the road to come forward
The white van was towing a trailer with a digger on it at the time of the collision.
Sergeant Raymond Lowery, of Northumbria Police’s Motor Patrols Department, said: 'This collision has devastatingly resulted in the death of a five-year-old child.
'Our thoughts are with the young boy’s family at this incredibly difficult time and they will continue to be supported by our specialist officers.
'This is clearly a tragic time for them and I would ask that their privacy be respected.'
He added: 'An investigation has been launched and we are committed to establishing the circumstances surrounding this incident.
'I am now appealing to any road users who were travelling in the area around that time to come forward with any information or dashcam footage.
The little boy was rushed to hospital after the incident but died from his injuries
'From CCTV, we understand a taxi was in the area at the time and the driver may have seen the van prior to the collision so we are particularly keen for them to get in touch.
'Also any witnesses from nearby homes or businesses, or those passing on foot, are urged to come forward.
'It may prove crucial in allowing us to determine the circumstances surrounding the collision.'

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