Police are appealing for witnesses after a 16-year-old school girl suffered leg injuries in an alleged hit and run collision.

The incident happened in St James Avenue, Upton, near the junction with Halton Road, about 8.35am today (Wednesday, January 28) as the victim is believed to have been making her way to Upton High School.

Cheshire Constabulary has confirmed officers were called to ‘a fail to stop collision’.

Spokesman Stuart Timon said: “The girl was crossing the road when she was struck by a car, receiving minor leg injuries. The vehicle which failed to stop was described as being a black or possibly dark blue private hire taxi.”

North West Ambulance Service, who despatched a rapid response vehicle and an ambulance, say the patient was taken to the Countess of Chester Hospital with suspected leg injuries. The hospital was put on standby to receive the patient because of her young age.

A police officer has visited Upton High School to speak to senior management about the collision. Deputy headteacher Jon Arnull described the incident as ‘a minor accident’.

Resident Mac Steels, of Halton Road, saw the injured female being looked after in the passenger seat of a black sport utility vehicle. He said she appeared ‘shaken’ and ‘white’. He saw emergency vehicles arriving including two police cars as well as paramedics.

Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident or has any other information which may help their investigation to call them on 101 quoting incident 163 of 28/1/15. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.