Boy (5) seriously ill after being hit by car in Northern Ireland village
A young boy was rushed to hospital last night after being seriously injured when he was struck by a car.
It happened at Malcolmson Park in Magheralin, Co Down at around 4.45pm.
The five-year-old boy was rushed to the Children's Hospital in Belfast for treatment to his injuries after he was struck by a blue Vauxhall Vectra.
DUP Upper Bann MLA Carla Lockhart said: "Malcolmson Park is a built-up residential area of the village and the local people are very much in shock at what has happened.
"My thoughts in the first instance are with the child, his parents and the driver of the car involved.
"My prayer is that the child will make a speedy recovery.
"Details are sketchy at this point.
"However, I want to commend our emergency services once again who were on site quickly and who treated the child.
"This is horrendous news for the little boy's family, especially at the start of a new year.
"They are very much in my prayers tonight."
The police are still conducting enquiries.
Malcolmson Park was closed for a period, but has since re-opened.