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Boy, 5, dies after he was hit by van towing digger in Newcastle as man, 38, arrested

A FIVE-YEAR-OLD boy has died after being hit by a van in a Newcastle street as a man has been arrested.

Layton Darwood was rushed to hospital after cops responded to calls at 4.50pm yesterday about a collision involving a Ford Transit van and a child.

Emergency services attended and the boy was taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary where he sadly died.

The white van was towing a trailer with a digger on it at the time of
the collision.

Witnesses said there are area where the collision happened is undergoing roadworks.

An eyewitness claimed the little lad was playing on the digger.

They said: “I think the little boy was actually playing on the digger. I don’t know if he fell off or was run over.

“There are kids who love diggers and trucks, he was probably just playing and it all went drastically wrong.”

Pictures from the scene show floral tributes, which have been left for Layton.

Lauren Miller, 19 from Fenham said: “We were here when the paramedics were trying to keep him alive. It was absolutely horrendous.

“They tried to bring him back to life twice in the space of 30 minutes.

“There was machines trying to bring him back, tubes all over him, it was really bad.”

Anya Beldrowsia, 36, who is a resident in Fenham said: “It’s absolutely terrible, the cars round here speed up and down the roads so fast.

“My son went to school with him. He was so young, too young to have his life taken away like this. It’s such sad news.”

A 38-year-old man has been arrested in connection and remains in police custody at this time.

Detectives are appealing for any witnesses to the collision to come forward to help with their investigation.

It is believed a taxi was in the area at the time.

Sergeant Lee Butler has asked for the public to respect Layton’s family’s privacy

He said: “This is a devastating time for Layton’s family and our thoughts go out to them at this horrendous time. They continue to be offered support by specialist family liaison officers.

“The whole community is saddened by what has happened and I know they will rally round to support them.

“We would ask that people respect their privacy as they try to come to terms with their tragic loss and avoid speculating about the circumstances of the collision at this early stage.”

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting reference 748
240820 or independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555
111. You can also tell us something via our website.

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