A 13-YEAR-OLD boy has died after a hit-and-run in Ashton-in-Makerfield.

Police were called to reports a car had struck a boy on Old Road, Ashton-in-Makerfield at around 4.30pm on Tuesday, July 7, 2020.

The victim, 13-year-old Jack Worwood, had been heading to play football with his friends.

He was taken to hospital with serious injuries, where, despite the best efforts of medical staff, he sadly died earlier today.

Police say early enquiries indicate that Jack - whose Facebook page states he is from Newton-le-Willows and that he had been a Hope Academy pupil - was walking along the pavement when he was hit by a Jaguar car.

The Jaguar then struck a wall.

The driver and passenger of the Jaguar failed to stop following the collision, say police.

A 15-year-old boy and a 21-year-old man have been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, causing death while uninsured, causing death while unlicensed, and failing to stop at the scene of an accident.

Both remain in custody for questioning.

Sergeant Darren Hancock of GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “This is devastating news and our thoughts are wholeheartedly with Jack’s family as they struggle to come to terms with what has happened.

“We are determined to find them the answers they deserve and I want to again appeal to the public to come forward with any information or dash-cam footage that may assist us.”

Earlier today, as Jack was a fighting for his life in hospital, a member of his family shared an appeal for information on Facebook, in which they said he had only left the house 15 minutes before the hit-and-run.

The message stated that "all our family and extended family" are devastated.

It went on "(we) just cant believe this has happened... please any information can be passed directly to GMP".

Messages of condolence and tributes have been pouring in for the youngster.

On friend wrote: "RIP to one of my best mates you was the funniest lad I’ve ever met never thought I’d be writing this especially at this I’m so glad you aren’t in pain in more. Fly High My Mate❤️"

Anyone with information should contact GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 0161 856 4741, quoting incident number 1965 of 08/07/20.

Reports can also be made anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111