A young boy who was found lying on the side of the road with major injuries has died in hospital.

The six-year-old was found on Tyrconnell Street in Derry around 10.30am this morning.

He has been named locally as Donnacadh Maguire.

While officers are looking into how the boy sustained the injuries, a man has been arrested in connection to the death.

A Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) statement said: "While it is possible that Donnacadh's injuries were sustained as the result of a collision with a vehicle, we are working to establish exactly what happened and we are keen to speak to witnesses."

It has been reported that children looked on in horror as Donnacadh was taken away by an ambulance.

The police are urging people in the area to come forward if they have any information.

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