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Boy, 7, dies after being knocked off scooter by security van

Staffordshire | News | Published:

A seven-year-old boy has died after being knocked off his scooter by a security van outside a supermarket.

The boy, named locally as Mitch Clifton, collided with the van at the car park entrance to a Co-op store in Cheslyn Hay. The air ambulance was called but the little boy died at the scene last night.

Police are now appealing for witnesses to the tragedy in Landywood Lane at 5.45pm.

The driver of the white Mercedes Sprinter security van, a 45-year-old man from Cheshire, was spoken to by police. He was unhurt.

Landywood Lane was closed off when the Midlands Air Ambulance was dispatched and to allow officers to carry out investigations until around 8pm.

Police spokesman Peter Bate said the little boy's family had been informed and were being supported by specialist officers.

West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman Steve Parry added: "Crews arrived to find a young boy had been involved in a collision with a van.

"Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of ambulance staff and a doctor nothing could be done to save the boy and he was confirmed dead at the scene."

Flowers have been left at the scene and thousands of tributes posted online.

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One floral tribute read: "RIP in loving memory of Mitch who was tragically killed. An angel to the sky."

Nearby residents said the busy street and access to the Co-op made the area "an accident waiting to happen".

A 27-year-old Cheslyn Hay man, who asked not to be named, said: "This particular part of the road is a nightmare to cross. It's absolutely tragic for someone to go so young."

Fellow Cheslyn Hay resident Stewart Smith, 37, said: "The area has been an accident waiting to happen. The shop is really busy."

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