Boy, 5, killed after being struck by van as police appeal for witnesses

A"much-loved" five-year-old schoolboy who died after being struck by a van has been named for the first time.

Layton Darwood was hit by a Ford Transit which was also towing a trailer in Newcastle yesterday afternoon.

Emergency services scrambled to the scene but he tragically later died in hospital.

A picture of the Layton has been released as flowers and tributes were placed on the roadside where he was hit.

Several bouquets and heart-shaped balloons have been tied to a fence close to where the lad was struck by the van.

It comes as detectives continue to quiz a 38-year-old man who was arrested in connection with the crash.

Police have appealed for witnesses to come forward as they scour the scene for clues.

Northumbria Police said: "The identity of a much-loved little boy who sadly died following a collision in Newcastle can now be confirmed.

"Layton Darwood, aged five, was fatally injured after he was in collision yesterday."

Sergeant Lee Butler, from Northumbria Police, added: “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 liaison officers.

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

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“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.”

And Sergeant Raymond Lowery, of Northumbria Police’s Motor Patrols Department, said: “This collision has devastatingly resulted in the death of a five-year-old child.

“Our thoughts are with the young boy’s family at this incredibly difficult time and they will continue to be supported by our specialist officers.

“This is clearly a tragic time for them and I would ask that their privacy be respected.

“An investigation has been launched and we are committed to establishing the circumstances surrounding this incident.

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“I am now appealing to any road users who were travelling in the area around that time to come forward with any information or dashcam footage.

“Also any witnesses from nearby homes or businesses, or those passing on foot, are urged to come forward.

“It may prove crucial in allowing us to determine the circumstances surrounding the collision.”

Witnesses told the Sun that paramedics fought to keep the little lad alive.

Lauren Miller, 19, 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.”

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