Police have launched a murder enquiry after a mum was 'deliberately' run down by a car and killed.

Alison McBlaine, 36, died this afternoon in hospital after a Fiat Punto Grande - believed to be on cloned number plates - "deliberately mounted the pavement" and crashed into her and a second pedestrian before driving off, said police.

Lancashire Constabulary said Alison died with her family, including her 12-year-old son Reagan, by her bedside, after being hit in Blackburn on Tuesday night.

The second pedestrian, a 26-year-old man from Blackburn, suffered "more minor injuries" after being hit.

Police said the horrific incident happened at 7.48pm on November 19, on Whalley Banks at the junction with Pearson Street.

Whalley Banks at the junction with Pearson Street

A spokesman for the force said: "The car, believed to be on cloned number plates, failed to stop at the scene of the collision and a similar car was later found on Lower Hollin Bank Street with significant front end damage.

"Attempts had been made to set the vehicle on fire. It has now been recovered as part of our investigation."

Police last night arrested a 25-year-old from Blackburn on suspicion of attempted murder. He remains in custody.

Detective chief inspector Lee Wilson said: “Alison sadly passed away from her injuries today and my thoughts remain with her and her loved ones, including her young son.

"This is now a murder investigation and I have a team of detectives and staff continuing to work hard on this investigation and we continue to follow a number of different lines of inquiry.

Lancashire Police have launched a murder enquiry (stock photo)

“While we have made one arrest our enquiries are very much on-going and I would continue to appeal to anyone who can help us find out what has happened and who has carried out this horrific act to come forward.

"The public’s help is key to us in piecing together the events which led up to this collision and to finding those responsible and I am grateful to everyone who has assisted us so far.

"No matter how insignificant you may feel the information you have is I would urge you to come and speak to us."

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Police want to speak to anyone who witnessed the crash or saw the car, registration EX07PYA, at any point around the time.

The spokesman added: "We would also like to speak to anyone in the Whalley Banks or Hollin Bridge Street area who has CCTV or dashcam footage to contact us."

Call police on 101 or go to the force's website.