Biker 'leaves girl for dead' after mowing her down in Central Forest Park

Police are hunting a hit-and-run off-road biker who mowed down a young girl in a Stoke-on-Trent park. Officers were sent to Central Forest Park in Hanley after the youngster was struck by the biker who then fled the scene shortly after 7pm yesterday (June 3).

One eye-witness told StokeonTrentLive she was 'basically left for dead'. The girl was taken to the Royal Stoke University Hospital but her injuries are not believed to be serious.

Now Staffordshire Police have launched an urgent appeal for witnesses. A force spokesman said: "We are appealing for information following an incident involving an off-road motorbike in Stoke-on-Trent last night.

"Officers were called to Central Forest Park in Hanley at 7.15pm following reports of a collision involving a young girl and an off-road motorbike. The rider of the bike rode off after it happened.

"Officers went to the scene and started asking people in the area about what happened. Thankfully, the girl’s injuries were not deemed serious. Enquiries are ongoing to track down the rider."

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: "We were called to reports of a collision between a motorbike and a pedestrian. One ambulance and a paramedic officer attended the scene. On arrival we discovered one patient, the pedestrian, who was a young girl. She was treated for injuries not believed to be serious before being taken to the Royal Stoke University Hospital."

Anyone with information is asked to call 101, quoting incident 588 of June 2, or by message using Live Chat on the force's website. For guaranteed anonymity, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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