Walsall motorbike hit and run: Teenage boy arrested after a girl, 7, dies

Police appeal for witnesses after a seven year-old girl died in the hit and run on Turnstone Road in Bloxwich, Walsall

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A 14-year-old boy has been arrested after a seven-year-old schoolgirl died in a hit-and-run crash involving a motorbike.

Emergency services rushed to Turnstone Road, in Blakenhall, Walsall, after the youngster was run over at 7pm yesterday (Thursday, July 27). Despite the efforts of medics, the girl, who has not yet been identified, could not be saved.

West Midlands Police said the arrested teenager remains in custody and detectives are now appealing to the public to come forward with information. The force said the motorcycle is a road bike and is blue and black, but its exact make and model had not yet been determined. They said the heartbroken family of the girl are being supported by specially-trained family liaison officers.

Detective Sergeant Paul Hughes, from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: "This is an absolutely tragic event which has resulted in the death of an innocent child. We have still to recover the motorbike involved and I know someone out there in the local community knows where the bike is.

"I now need that community to come together and work with me. This is not about protecting people, this is about doing the right thing. As such I would urge anyone with any information, however large or small, to make contact with us. This is a heart-breaking situation that no family should ever go through and my thoughts are with the family of this young girl."

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police via Live Chat on the West Midlands Police website or by calling 101 quoting log 4332 of 27 July. Alternatively, email the investigation team direct at [email protected].