A schoolboy was reportedly told to 'f*** off' after being thrown from his scooter by an Ocado van that collided with him.

Joshua Bootle had been riding his scooter in Southport on Saturday (April 10) when a purple Ocado van hit him at around 2.20pm in Manchester Road.

The 12-year-old had been on his way to a local corner shop when it happened, with the driver of the van failing to stop after the incident.

Witnesses told the Liverpool Echo that Joshua was flung into the air before hitting the bonnet of the van, with the driver then telling him to "f*** off" before driving off.

A group of people living in a block of flats opposite rushed over to help Josh and called 999.

Josh was taken to Alder Hey Children's Hospital where he was kept in overnight having sustained a bang to the head and minor leg injuries.

His parents got a knock on the door from Merseyside Police after the incident to inform them of what had happened to their son.

Mum Alexandra Wallace, 31, said: "It was horrendous. It was my worst nightmare.

"Just the police at your door - you don't expect it, but then for that to come out of their mouth - 'your son has been involved in a hit and run' - it was horrible.

"I just can't imagine why someone would do something like that.

"Anything could have happened, another car could have come and not seen him in the road.

"That's why we are so thankful that there were people there, they ran over to help when it happened."

Merseyside Police are currently working with Ocado to identify the driver of the vehicle after they failed to stop.

Joshua's parents would like to thank Matt Bailey, Caitlin Ahern and Chris Carnock, who helped their son after witnessing what happened and waited with him until the emergency services arrived.

Alexandra said: "There were five witnesses in total. They said that the driver shouted for Joshua to f*** off and then just drove off.

"It means a lot that, especially with how the driver swore at him and then drove off, that someone was there to comfort him."

A Merseyside Police spokesperson said: "At around 2.20pm, emergency services were called to Manchester Road to reports of a collision between a purple Ocado van and a 12-year-old boy riding a scooter.

"The driver of the van failed to stop and enquiries are ongoing to identify the vehicle and driver.

"Witness accounts suggest that the driver was white, male, 40-50 years old with short dark/grey hair."

If you saw the incident or were passing and captured any dashcam or CCTV, you can let police know via email [email protected]

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 with reference 21000227693.

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