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Police van hits girls on crossing

Collision crossing
The police vehicle was responding to a 999 call

Two girls were hurt when they were hit on a pedestrian crossing by a police van responding to a 999 call.

The sisters, aged nine and 11, were hit by the marked vehicle in Porthleven Road, Helston, Cornwall, on Friday.

The 11-year-old suffered a cut to her head and the nine-year-old a suspected fracture to her left arm.

Devon and Cornwall Police said they had referred the case to the Independent Police Complaints Commission. The girls were on holiday with their family.

The girls were hit by the van at about 1700 GMT on Friday.

They were taken to the Royal Cornwall Hospital for treatment. Their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

Police said they had voluntarily referred the collision to the IPCC for its consideration.

The constabulary added that it had yet to hear back from the IPCC as to whether it would be its investigation or a local one supervised by the IPCC.

The force has appealed for witnesses.

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