A MALPAS mum says 'something needs to be done' about Malpas' zebra crossing after she says her son was nearly knocked down by a careless driver.

Kerry Fawcett's husband Jon was walking their three-year-old son Harvey to school on Thursday morning, when the incident occurred.

Harvey stopped momentarily to pick up a toy while on the crossing, at which point the driver – who Kerry says was using their phone – nearly hit her son.

Fortunately her fast-acting husband prevented Harvey from being hit, but Kerry believes 'she almost lost' her son.

In a post written on social media, Kerry said: "An horrific incident happened to my three-year-old son and my husband this morning while taking their usual daily walk to school.

"Some inconsiderate idiot on their mobile phone decided that they are above the law and the Highway Code almost hit my son as he was picking up his toy on the zebra crossing by the school.

"He is three and I almost lost him because of you and I really do hope that you're reading this and feel as sick as I do right now.

"If it wasn't for my husband, no doubt you would have hit him and in a white van, I'm certain the outcome would have been devastating.

"No phone call while driving is worth the risk of another's life."

Meanwhile Cheshire Police confirmed they were investigating the incident, and called on anyone with information to come forward.

A spokesman for the force said: "At 11.55am on Thursday, July 8 police were called by a member of the public who reported a near-miss in Malpas.

"The caller reported that an unknown man in a white van had nearly collided with him and his son as they were crossing a zebra crossing on Chester Road in Malpas.

"The driver of the van was reportedly on his mobile phone at the time of the incident.

"The incident has been reported to the local PCSO who will conduct increased patrols in the area.

"Anyone with any information in relation to the incident is asked to call Cheshire Police on 101 or visit www.cheshire.police.uk/tua quoting IML 1032202."

Malpas Parish Council also confirmed it was speaking with Cheshire West and Chester Council on the issue.