A three-year-old boy has been left with head injuries after an incident near Rivington Pike.

The youngster was walking with his family near the popular beauty spot in Bolton when he was hit by a cyclist.

The crash happened at around 4pm yesterday close to the tower at the top of the pike.

Paramedics rushed to the scene and requested the assistance of Bolton's Mountain Rescue Team to help because of the lack of access to the area, reports the MEN.

Fortunately, a passing member of the public was able to bandage up the youngster's head before emergency services arrived and his injuries were not severe.

In a statement, a spokesman for Bolton Mountain Rescue, said: "At 3.55pm yesterday (Sunday) the team was contacted by North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) who were requesting our assistance near Rivington Pike.

"A three year old boy was out walking with his family just below the Pike tower when he was struck by a male riding a mountain bike sustaining a head injury. A wound to his head was bandaged by a member of the public before our arrival.

"One of our team members was swiftly on scene in his own four-wheel-drive vehicle, having gained access through the padlocked gates.

"The injured young lad, understandably very upset, was quickly conveyed with his mum by our team member along the tracks to a waiting NWAS ambulance and BMRT team vehicle some 800m away.

"We were updated last night by the boy's grateful parents who have told us that the young chap involved has had his injury glued at hospital, and he's been sent home to recover. We're very glad to hear that he's OK."

The car parks around Rivington Pike have now reopened to the public after the recent easing of the coronavirus lockdown.

The area has been busy over recent weekends following a spell of good weather and changes to the government's regulations.

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