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Pensioner critical after stolen van collision in Wirral

A 75-year-old woman was critically injured when the car she was in collided with a stolen van being followed by Merseyside Police.

The crash happened at the junction of Green Lane and Barmouth Road, Wallasey, Wirral, in the early hours of Thursday.

An unmarked police car had spotted the Ford Transit and had requested marked assistance just before the crash.

A 16-year-old boy was arrested and the incident referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

Internal investigation

The victim, who was a passenger in a Honda Civic, was taken to hospital where her condition is described as critical. The 45-year-old driver suffered minor cuts.

Officers arrested the teenager, who is from Birkenhead, on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle. He has since been bailed pending further inquiries.

Merseyside Police are appealing for information about the theft of the Ford Transit van - which was taken between 16 and 17 January from Eleanor Road in Bidston.

They also want to hear from anyone who may know where the vehicle had been - or who had been driving it.

The IPCC has given the go ahead for the force's Professional Standards Department (PSD) to investigate the circumstances of the collision.

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