Teenager left in critical condition after being hit by police car on Boxing Day

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A teenager has been left with critical injuries after being hit by a police car on Boxing Day.

A police watchdog is investigating the incident, which saw the 15-year-old boy from Stockport knocked down while officers from Greater Manchester Police (GMP) were responding to a domestic call on Saturday night.

He was given trauma care for a head injury at the scene by officers, before being taken to hospital in an ambulance, where he remains in a critical condition.

In a statement, GMP said: "At around 9.30pm on Saturday 26 December 2020, officers were responding to a domestic disturbance incident when they were involved in a collision with a pedestrian on Garners Lane in Stockport.

"Police stopped and administered trauma care to a 15-year-old boy until the ambulance arrived. The boy has since been taken to hospital with a serious head injury where he remains in a critical condition."

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said it is investigating the circumstances of the incident.

"After being notified by Greater Manchester Police, we sent investigators to the scene and the police post-incident procedure to begin our enquiries and to start gathering evidence," said a spokesperson.

"Our thoughts are with the family and anyone else affected by this incident."

Superintendent Marcus Noden, GMP's divisional commander for Stockport, said: "This is a terribly sad incident and our thoughts are with the young boy and his loved ones, who are being offered support by our specially-trained officers during this distressing time.

"This is an incident that police officers wish to never occur, and support is also being offered to the officers involved in last night's events.

"It is important that a thorough and independent investigation now takes place, and the IOPC will be leading with their enquiries into this incident; therefore it would be inappropriate for us to comment further at this time."