Police car hits 12-year-old girl in Camborne

Pedestrian crossing on Trevenson Street
Image caption The crash is understood to have taken place near a pedestrian crossing on Trevenson Street

A 12-year-old girl has serious head injuries after being hit by a police car on its way to a crime scene.

Devon and Cornwall Police said officers were responding to a "violent incident" in Camborne, Cornwall, with the blue lights on.

The girl was flown to Bristol Children's Hospital by air ambulance following the crash on Trevenson Street at about 08:00 GMT.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has been informed.

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Image caption Trevenson Street, Camborne, remains closed while investigations are carried out

Supt Ian Drummond-Smith from Devon and Cornwall Police said the incident was "a police officer's worst nightmare".

He said: "This is a terrible incident for everyone involved and we deeply apologise that this has happened and all of our thoughts are with the child and her family at this difficult time."

Devon and Cornwall Police said "senior officers from a neighbouring force" were at the scene and an investigation had been launched.

One local resident, who did not want to be named, said he believed the crash took place near the pedestrian crossing on Trevenson Street.

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