A five-year-old boy was taken to hospital after he was hit by a car.

The youngster received minor injuries after he was struck in Rayleigh Road, Eastwood at 12.42pm today.

Ambulance spokesman Gary Sanderson said: "A boy who we believe to be five-years-old received slight injuries and following treatment at the scene by the ambulance crew, he was taken to Southend Hospital for further care."