A TEENAGER who was struck by a cyclist in Southend’s shared space area is "critical but stable", police say.

The 16-year-old, from Benfleet, collided with the bike in Marine Parade just after 9.45pm last night.

She was taken by ambulance to Southend Hospital and then transferred to Queens Hospital, in Romford, with a serious head injury.

Police initially described her condition as life-threatening, but on Monday said she had stabilised although she remained in a severe state.

The cyclist, a man in his 20s from Leigh, was uninjured.

Anyone with information about the incident should call PC Paul Calpin, at Laindon road policing unit, on 101.