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Boy, 10, seriously injured in stolen motorbike hit-and-run

The Triumph Daytona had been stolen in Edinburgh earlier that day.

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Submitted by Laura Thomson on Mon, 21/08/2017 - 14:51

Boy, 10, seriously injured in stolen motorbike hit-and-run

A 10-YEAR-OLD boy was left seriously injured after a stolen motorcycle struck him in Edinburgh’s Drylaw area on Saturday evening.

The youngster was using a pedestrian crossing on Ferry Road at 6.35pm when two motorcycles were said to run a red light, with the second – a Triumph Daytona – hitting him. The rider, who fled the scene, was wearing a grey hooded top, dark tracksuit bottoms and a white helmet with a coloured pattern.

The boy was rushed to hospital, where he remained yesterday in a stable condition awaiting surgery.

Police are reviewing CCTV and carrying out door-to-door inquiries, calling on the public to help with the ongoing investigation. Photographs of the scene show the white motorcycle lying on its side.

A number of reports were made of motorcycles being ridden dangerously and recklessly in the area on Saturday evening. 

The BBC reported that Detective Chief Inspector Paul Grainger, who is leading the investigation, said: "At this stage we are keen to hear from anyone who may have been in the Ferry Road area [on Saturday] night around the time of the collision, or indeed before or after it.

"This was a terrifying incident which could easily have had fatal consequences and both the boy's mother and I would urge anybody that has any information to contact the police or Crimestoppers.

"We need the help of the community to catch those responsible for this.

"This young boy was going about his own business, making a routine crossing of a busy road at what should have been a safe pedestrian crossing when he was mown down by this motorcycle.

"Nobody should be attempting to assist, hide or cover up for the people responsible who have shown a reckless disregard for other people's safety with terrible consequence."



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