Police are appealing for more information after a man was arrested following a crash in Farnworth.

Officers were called to Albert Road shortly before 4pm on Wednesday January 15 after a Silver Renault Traffic van collided with a stop sign close to the junction with Wellington Street.

The sign then struck a 39-year-old woman on the pavement who was taken to hospital with serious head injuries.

She remains in a serious, but stable condition.

The driver of the van left the scene and the vehicle was found abandoned nearby shortly afterwards.

A 30-year-old man was later arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and failing to stop within three hours of the collision.

Officers also believe that the vehicle had been involved in a minor collision moments earlier on Gas Street before making its way along Wellington Road.

Investigators are appealing for any information from the public, and are particularly interested in any dashcam footage from the area.

Sergeant Matt Picton, of GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “I’d firstly like to send my best wishes to the injured woman in hospital while she is being treated for her serious injuries and our officers are making sure she has the best support possible while we investigate this incident.

“Despite making an arrest, we are keen to ensure that we maintain a strong sense of urgency and thoroughness with this investigation and are keen to assemble all the details we can to ensure the perpetrator of this incident is brought to justice.

“We are confident there will be people who were on the roads around the Albert Road/Wellington Street junction on Wednesday afternoon at around 3.50pm who will have dashcam footage of the incident or the proceeding moments of the incident.

“I urge anyone with such footage or other information regarding this incident or the collision on Gas Street to get in touch with information.”

Anyone with information about this incident should contact police on 0161 856 4741 quoting incident number 1794 of 15/01/2020. Alternatively, information can be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.