A MOTORCYCLIST was left in a critical condition in hospital after a serious crash outside a pub.

A heavy police presence was reported outside the Windle pub on Hard Lane last night (Wednesday, December 15), with a number of police cars and unmarked vehicles at the scene.

Police cordoned off the road to investigate last night, which was closed from City Road to Priory Gardens.

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What happened?

Police have confirmed that there was a collision between an electric motorcycle, a scrambler bike and a blue Ford Fiesta on Hard Lane, at the junction with Saint Bees Close.

The incident occurred around 8.50pm on Wednesday night.

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Who was injured?

The rider of the motorcycle was taken to hospital with serious injuries.

Police said he remains in hospital "in a critical but stable condition".

What is the latest on the investigation?

The driver of the Ford Fiesta, a 25-year-old man from St Helens was arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

The rider of the scrambler bike, a 17-year-old boy from St Helens, left the scene on foot.

He was located by officers nearby and arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving, theft of a motor vehicle and possession of Class B drugs. 

A 47-year-old man from St Helens was also arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender. 

All arrested have been taken into custody to be questioned by police.

Officers remained at the scene while enquiries continued but have now left the scene, and road closures in place on Hard Lane have been lifted. 

CCTV and witness enquires into the collision remain ongoing. 

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The crash happened near to the Windle pub

What are police saying?

Roads Policing Inspector Carl McNulty said: “We are in the early stages of an investigation into a road traffic collision which has left a man seriously injured.

"While we have made several arrests our enquiries continue to establish the full circumstances of the incident. 

“If you witnessed the collision or were driving past at the time and have any dashcam footage, please get in touch. Any information you hold could be vital to our investigation.”

What to do if you have information

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information is asked to call the Matrix Roads Policing Unit on 0151 777 5747, email sciu@merseyside.police.uk or contact @MerPolCC on Twitter quoting reference 21000867094.