A man charged in connection with an alleged hit and run on Sunday in which a boy of 10 was seriously injured has been granted bail on Tuesday afternoon.

Keegan Doyle, 23, of Warren Drive in Broughton, appeared from custody at North East Wales Magistrates’ Court at Mold.

He was charged with causing serious injury by dangerous driving, failing to stop after an accident, driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence, driving without insurance and an arson charge which arises from allegations that he attempted to set fire to the Ford Fiesta after the crash.

Prosecutor Rhian Jackson said the boy, Alfie Watts of Saltney, was in hospital with life-threatening injuries.

She applied for a remand in custody for various reasons including his own protection.

The prosecutor said that feelings were running high in the community and said the defendant, who appeared in the dock with black eyes and other injuries, had been assaulted after the incident and required hospital treatment.

Brian Cross, defending, said his client would be safer in the community.

He put forward his grandmother’s address in Shotton, but said he could stay at various other relatives’ addresses during the day which people would not know.

The defendant must observe a 7pm to 7am curfew, he is not to contact prosecution witnesses and he is not to enter Chester or Saltney.

District Judge Chris Johnson also ruled that as part of his bail conditions he must not be in the front seat of any motor vehicle.

He said the defendant would next appear at a plea hearing at Mold Crown Court on February 8.

A 27-year-old woman who was also arrested has been charged with obstructing or resisting a constable in the execution of duty and has been bailed to appear before the court on February 18.

A 30-year-old man who was arrested in connection with the incident has been released without charge.

A GoFundMe page has been set up in order to help Alfie's parents.

The page can be accessed by clicking this link