AS officers were responding to an emergency call in Leigh last night, a motorcyclist was involved in a collision.

At around 10.05pm last night, Saturday, a police van was responding to a grade one call for a concern for the welfare of a person – the highest graded response for emergency calls.

As the van approached the traffic lights on Twist Lane, at the junction with Atherleigh Way, a white off road motorcycle was involved in a collision with a blue Audi A3 which was travelling through the junction.

The officers in the van stopped at the scene and spoke to the driver of the Audi and an ambulance was called.

The motorcyclist – a man in his 20s – was taken to hospital where he remains for treatment for a serious head and leg injury. His family have been informed and are at the hospital with him.

No arrests have been made but officers are appealing for dashcam footage and sightings of the motorcycle prior to the collision.

Police Constable Pete Cunningham of GMP’s serious collision investigation unit, said: “We remained at the scene for a number of hours overnight but all roads are now fully reopened and we’re continuing to piece together the events leading up to the collision.

“We’re particularly interested in speaking to anyone who saw the motorcycle in the Leigh area that evening – by speaking to you, we may be able to build a fuller picture of what has exactly happened so we’re able to progress with our investigation.

“The motorcyclist is in a serious condition in hospital and we’re supporting his family as he receives the treatment he needs but need anyone with information, dashcam footage or witness accounts to contact us immediately.”

Anyone with information should contact GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 0161 856 4741 quoting reference number 2289 of 04/08/18 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.