A BUSY road outside a primary school where a six-year-old boy was knocked down by a car does not meet the criteria for a lollipop person, highways bosses said.

The boy, age six, was involved in a collision with a car in Stanley Road last Friday (November 24) and had to be taken to hospital with serious injuries.

Worcester News: RESPONSE: Several emergency vehicles attended Stanley Road last Friday after a boy of six was hit by a car RESPONSE: Several emergency vehicles attended Stanley Road last Friday after a boy of six was hit by a car (Image: James Connell/Newsquest)

However, the last update by doctors to West Mercia Police revealed the boy was expected to make a full recovery. 

The incident led some readers to criticise the lack of a crossing patrol outside the school - although there is a crossing patrol nearby in Midland Road.

A spokesperson for Worcestershire County Council said: “The previous school crossing patrol site on Stanley Road junction with Wylds Lane has been continually reassessed since 2021 and has not met the national criteria for a school crossing patrol.  

"The criteria recommended for use by Road Safety GB looks at numbers of pedestrians and vehicles in the area at its busiest times, and a threshold number has to be reached in order for the criteria to be met.

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“There is, however, a school crossing patrol site associated with Stanley Road Primary School on Midland Road at which a new patrol started earlier this month. We have offered road safety education to all pupils at the school."

"Our thoughts are with the pupil and his family and we're pleased to hear doctors are expecting him to make a full recovery."

The boy, aged six, was involved in the collision with a car last Friday at around 3pm.

A spokesperson for West Mercia Police said on Monday: "The young boy who was involved in the incident on Friday is still in hospital but doctors are hopeful of a full recovery."

Officers are appealing for witnesses following the crash which involved a Ford Fiesta.

Investigating officers are appealing for information from the public including dash-cam footage after the pedestrian was hurt in the incident.

PC Warren said: “We are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen the incident [on Friday] afternoon.

"A six-year-old boy was taken to Birmingham Children's Hospital with serious injuries.

“We are especially keen to see any dash-cam footage from the area at the time of the incident.

"If you have any information, please contact us.”

Stanley Road was closed in the wake of the crash. Two ambulances were at the scene and the critical care team while there was a heavy police presence.

An ambulance left the scene on blue lights, heading from Stanley Road along Hill Street. 

Anyone with information should call PC Warren on 07976937881 or email nicholas.warren@westmercia.pnn.police.uk

Alternatively, information can be shared anonymously with the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or by visiting www.crimestoppers-org.uk