Motorist arrested for collision with child, 8, in Sheffield

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AN eight-year-old child was rushed to hospital after being struck by a car in a Sheffield street.

The collision happened near the Oxfam shop on West Street, in the city centre, at about 8.30am today.

A South Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “Police were called to reports of a collision between a pedestrian and a car. The eight-year-old child was conscious and breathing but we are unable to reveal full details of their injuries at this stage.

“The driver of the vehicle involved has been arrested on suspicion of being over the drink drive limit.”

■ Meanwhile, 50 people were evacuated from flats in Sheffield city centre last night after fire broke out. The blaze, believed to have been started by smoking materials in a bedroom, spread to the communal kitchen and living area of one of the flats, near Corporation nightclub on Milton Street.

Firefighters were called to the scene just after midnight and spent about an hour at the scene.

A further emergency happened at about 8.10am today, when firefighters were called to a field at Honeywell, Barnsley, to rescue a horse which had become stuck in mud.