Five Liverpool schoolgirls have been run over by a woman in her 80s outside a school in Toxteth, Liverpool. A total of eight people were injured when the car reportedly ploughed into a group outside Belvedere School at about 3.30pm on Friday (12 February).

Six victims have been transported to Alder Hey hospital and one, a 17-year-old, is at the Royal while one other was discharged at the scene. None of the injured children are believed to be in a life-threatening condition in hospital.

In a notice to parents on its website, school principle Peter Kennedy said: "Unfortunately there was a serious accident outside the academy at approximately 3.20pm this afternoon. Six of our students sustained injuries, some quite serious but not life-threatening.

"The emergency services were on the scene very quickly and dealt efficiently with the situation. All of the injured students have been taken to hospital where they are being treated."

Merseyside Fire and Rescue said it "assisted five young casualties at the scene. Crews worked closely with North West Ambulance Service, Merseyside Police, staff from the school nearby and passers-by to provide first aid and support until the girls were transferred to Alder Hey Hospital for further treatment."