Residents have spoken of their shock after a boy was left with serious life-changing injuries in a hit-and-run in a Hull park.

A nine-year-old boy was seriously injured after being hit by an off-road motorbike on the Rosmead Street playing field at around noon on Monday (May 25).

A swarm of police cars and ambulances arrived at the scene of the collision where the child was taken to hospital with serious and life-changing injuries.

Humberside Police officers continued to search the surrounding area for the motorcyclist who was reported to have been riding without a helmet or a shirt and left the scene after the collision. A man was later arrested.

People living nearby say there have been persistent problems with nuisance motorbikes in the area.

Kelly Johnson, 36, who lives in Rosmead Street opposite the park, said she heard “screaming” before the police rushed to the other end of the playing fields where the boy was hit.

Police at the scene in Rosmead Street

She said: “I heard some kids screaming and I stood up but thought they were just playing. It was not until one of the ladies with them shouted someone had been hit and then the police sped up to the top.

“With the motorbikes it happens every day. We was there the other night with the dogs and there was motorbikes in the park."

Neighbour Kara Dawson, 23, added she had to “shout at them because they have no consideration”.

Kelly continued: “It should have been dealt with years ago. They don’t care at all and they even ride around on the grass.

"When it just happened there was a bike doing wheelies in the street that nearly hit a car.”

Nearby residents who visited the park that day were distressed after hearing the news that a boy had been hit by a motorbike.

One couple, who live in Barnsley Street nearby and brought their two children, aged four and six, to the park said that people have been riding motorbikes on the Rosmead Street playing field for years.

Police cordoned off the area in Rosmead Park

Emily Wright, 24, said: “If that was my children I would have been mortified. This is a really quiet place usually and there is motorbikes and stuff like that but no one has ever hit anybody.”

Her partner, Brendan Dryland, 25, added: “We have lived here for around 12 years and it has been going on since I was 13. It’s not going to stop now, they are still going to be doing it.

“It is because they never get caught. What can we do?”

Emily added: “There are no cameras whatsoever around here to stop them.”

Police carried out a huge search of the surrounding area with the help of a police helicopter to locate the rider who fled from the scene.

Shortly after the incident took place Humberside Police confirmed that a man had been arrested in connection with the collision.

The scene in Rosmead Park, east Hull

A statement from the force said: “Man arrested in connection with a collision which has caused serious injuries to young boy on Rosemead Park today shortly after midday today."

Mark Smith, 26, who walks his dog Lulu in the park every night, said: “I think they need to put more coppers around here or put up more cameras. It is a nuisance.

“I saw the cop cars and I thought what is going on here and then someone told me a little kid was hit. It’s getting worse.

“It is getting horrendous because this could happen to anyone else. I walk down there every night with my dog and there are people that come down and I think ‘what are they doing?’ Sometimes they can come up close to you.

“If someone hit my dog I would go for them.”

Anyone with information about the incident should call Humberside Police on 101.