A murder probe has been launched as a mum has died after being deliberately run down by a car.

The incident took place on Whalley Banks, at the junction with Pearson Street, in Blackburn on Thursday (November 19) at 7.48pm.

Police believe a car, a Fiat Punto Grande, deliberately mounted the pavement before colliding with two pedestrians.

Alison McBlain, 36, died in hospital this afternoon (November 21) following the collision.

Her family, including her 12-year-old son Reagan, were by her bedside.

The vehicle also hit a second pedestrian, a man aged 26 from Blackburn. He received more minor injuries.

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 by Lancashire Police as part of their investigation.

Last night, police arrested a 25-year-old from Blackburn on suspicion of attempted murder.

He remains in custody.

Officers are keen to speak to anyone who witnessed the collision or who saw the car, registration EX07PYA, in the moments before or after the collision, to come forward.

They would also like to speak to anyone in the Whalley Banks or Hollin Bridge Street area who has CCTV or dashcam footage.

The crash happened on Whalley Banks at the junction with Pearson Street

Senior Investigating Officer, 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.

“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."

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting 0915 of November 20.

Alternatively, information can be reported anonymously via Crimestoppers UK on 0800 555 111.