A woman critically injured when she and her male friend were hit by a bus in Leeds may have been fleeing a gang of girl robbers, the YEP can reveal.

The 29-year-old victim suffered a fractured skull.

She was last night clinging to life in hospital in what doctors described as a “critical condition”.

A 32-year-old man, who was also with her at the time, was also badly injured.

He was released from hospital yesterday and is now believed to be recuperating at home.

A major police inquiry is under way to establish how the couple came to be crossing Chapeltown Road, Chapeltown, Leeds, when they were struck by the single decker bus.

The incident happened around 11.50pm last Friday as the bus was travelling the Leeds city direction along Chapeltown Road towards the crossing with Reginald Terrace and Harehills Avenue.

Det Insp Paul Conroy, from Stainbeck CID, said: “At this stage we believe the couple were subject to an attempted robbery by three suspects shortly before they were both struck by the bus.

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