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Boy, 10, hit by unmarked police car

A 10 year-old boy has suffered a head injury and is being treated in hospital after being hit by an unmarked police car which was heading towards an emergency.

The youngster was hit as he crossed Plumstead High Street, near the junction with Rippolson Road, in south east London, at about 3.05pm.

The London Ambulance Service (LAS) said an ambulance crew, a duty officer, medics from its hazardous area response team and London's air ambulance rushed to the scene.

The boy was then taken to the the Royal London Hospital, east London.

A LAS spokesman said: "The first of our medics were on the scene in six minutes.

"We treated a boy, reported to be 10 years old, for a head injury and took him to the Royal London Hospital, as a priority by ground ambulance."

A Scotland Yard spokesman, who said the boy's injuries are not serious, added: "Next of kin have been informed.

"The police car was en route to an emergency call at the time of collision."

Officers from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit will be carrying out an investigation.

Onlookers said the child was with two other boys when he was hit.

A woman using the name "DemeMummy" on Twitter wrote: "Plumstead High St. Unmarked police car, blues & two's blaring, 3 young boys crossing, one ended up under the car :( He's alive thank God."

She described it as "every parent - and cop's - worst nightmare".

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