A nine-year-old boy hit by a motorcycle as he stood on a school footpath was yesterday recovering at home.
Aaron Johnson was left with fractures after being ploughed in to by a motorbike as he stood on a tarmac path outside Newbiggin Middle School in Northumberland.
He was due to start at the school tomorrow but instead will be at home being nursed by his mother, Lyn, as he recovers from a broken left leg, left wrist and left collarbone.
The accident comes despite a police attempt to reduce problems with careless motorbike and quad bike riders.
Families say the recreation area between their homes and the school is a magnet for motorcycle users, and one neighbour reported they were back on the field just an hour after the schoolboy was hit by a red Honda 90 Cub.
The stricken youngster's father, Gavin Johnson, a lorry driver, was called from work to be by his son's bedside and both parents spent the night at Wansbeck General Hospital comforting the youngster after doctors operated on his broken leg.
Yesterday, Aaron, an only child, was at home recovering after having a metal plate inserted in his leg.
A 15-year-old boy was later arrested by police for dangerous driving.
Families living in the area have reacted with anger - insisting the accident comes as no surprise. They say a police and council crackdown has done little to alleviate the problems.