POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a boy struck by a HGV in Strathaven died in hospital.

Barry Arshad died in hospital on Wednesday after the incident at around 9.25pm on Saturday on Townhead Street in Strathaven.

The 15-year-old-boy was found seriously injured and taken to Hairmyres Hospital where he passed away. 

Police have since traced the driver of the vehicle, however are still looking to speak to three male youths who are believed to have been with the victim at the time of the incident.

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Officers have now called for members of the public to come forward to help with their investigation. 

Sergeant Stuart Bell from the Road Policing Unit based at Motherwell said: “The family of the victim are absolutely distraught and it is vital that we are able to provide them with answers.

“We know that the victim was in the company of three other male youths near to the shops in Green Street beforehand and they will have witnessed the incident.

“We must speak to these witnesses as a matter of urgency and would appeal for them to contact the police.

“There is no need to be concerned about coming forward but it is very important that we speak to you. Please do the right thing and get in touch so that we can confirm the full circumstances of what happened for the victim’s family.

“Anyone with information is urged to contact the Road Policing Unit based at Motherwell via 101, quoting incident number 4071 of Saturday 1 December 2018.”

A report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.