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Fresh appeal to trace hit and run driver on 14th anniversary of cyclist's death

Officers investigating the death of a Harrogate cyclist 14 years ago have today launched a fresh appeal for information to trace the hit and run driver.

Stefan Forge Credit: North Yorkshire Police

47-year-old Stefan Forge died on 22 August ,2001 after being hit by an unknown vehicle as he cycled with a friend along the A658 towards Buttersyke Bar near Harrogate.

The vehicle that hit Stefan and his friend - at around 11.15pm - failed to stop at the scene.

Tragically Stefan died from his injuries. His friend, who was severely traumatised by the incident, survived but suffered serious injuries.

Police investigating the collision are now carrying out a review of the case and to coincide with the fourteenth anniversary of the collision, are appealing to anyone who has any information but has not contacted the police.

“14 years have passed since Stefan died and I am hoping that with the passage of time, someone is now in a position to come forward with information that can help our investigation.

“Stefan’s family have had to carry on with their lives, not knowing the full circumstances of his death or who was responsible.

"We are still working on behalf of them, and hope that someone with that vital piece of information that will lead us to the identity of the vehicle and its driver, is out there.

“It may be that back in 2001, they felt they could not come forward with that information, but perhaps circumstances have changed and they are now in a position to share that information. "For the sake of Stefan and his family, I urge you to please get in touch and tell us what you know.”

– Sgt Ian Pope, North Yorkshire Police's Major Collision Investigation Unit

Anyone with any information is asked to call North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask for Ian Pope, or email

If you wish to remain anonymous, you can pass information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Man appears in court charged with hit and run

A man's appeared in court charged with causing death by dangerous driving after an alleged hit and run in Leeds

Majid Malik , from Bradford, who's twenty-seven was remanded in custody. West Yorkshire Police say they've also arrested the driver of another car.


Hit and run driver "panicked"

A man accused of dangerous driving following a hit and run which left two children fighting for their lives in Leeds today told a court that he failed to stop because he "panicked". Mohammed Khalil Anwar hit Sabah and Rayhan Saleem outside their home in Hyde Park in August 2012.

The prosecution say his car was travelling at "just shy" of 35 miles per hour - 15 miles over the speed limit. Anwar claimed he did not know the limit on Brudenell Road was 20mph despite living there his whole life and had never noticed the speed limit signs.

The prosecution said today that was "utter nonsense". Anwar also said that he had taken the car to a friend's home and covered it in tarpaulin to buy himself time. He denies dangerous driving. The trial continues.

Stokesley hit and run appeal

North Yorkshire Police are appealing for witnesses and information after a car hit a pedestrian in Stokesley and left the scene.

At around 12.15pm on Sunday 20 October, a light-coloured car travelling along Sowerby Crescent mounted the pavement and struck a 16-year-old male pedestrian.

The victim was walking with an 18-year-old male friend when he was hit. He sustained cuts and bruises, the 18-year-old was uninjured.

Police are appealing for anyone who was in the area and witnessed the incident or has any information which could assist the investigation to contact them.

We have a situation where a car has hit a pedestrian and the driver has driven off without any concern for the welfare of the victim. Thankfully he was not seriously injured but the outcome could have been far more serious.

“The only description we have of the offending vehicle is that it was light coloured. Therefore I am appealing to anyone who was in theSowerby Crescent area on Sunday and either saw what happened or can assist with identifying the driver, gets in touch.”

– Traffic Constable Neil Cholmondeley, North Yorkshire Police

Two arrested after student injured

Two men have been arrested after a student suffered serious head injuries early yesterday morning in an incident at Sheaf Street, Sheffield.

A 19-year-old man, a student from Macclesfield, was walking along the street when he was allegedly assaulted by another teenager.

The pedestrian ended up in the road where he was then in collision with a dark grey Nissan Micra, which apparently left the scene.

He was taken to the city’s Northern General Hospital, where he is recovering.

Since yesterday a 19-year-old man from Warwick has been arrested on suspicion of assault, questioned and bailed until next month.

A 21-year-old man from Derby has also been arrested for failing to stop at a traffic collision and dangerous driving. He has been given police bail until next month.

Student seriously injured in hit and run

A 19-year-old student was seriously injured in a hit and run accident in the early hours of this morning.

The accident happened just after 3am in Sheaf Street in Sheffield city centre when a vehicle was in collission with the teenager. The vehicle failed to stop at the scene .

The 19-year-old, who's not been named, was taken to hospital to be treated for his injuries, which at this time are thought to be serious.

A 21-year-old man is helping police with their enquiries this morning.


Hit-and-run driver leaves 7-year-old with broken leg

Police are hunting a hit-and-run driver who failed to stop after he knocked down a seven-year-old boy in Bradford.

It happened in Spring Mill Street, West Bowling, close to the junction of Bowbridge Road between 12.30pm and 12.40pm on Friday 9 August.

The driver failed to stop after the collision and the boy was taken to hospital with a broken leg.

Anyone who might have witnessed the collision is asked to contact PC Mark Claxton at the Western Area Roads Policing Unit on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

7-year-old boy in hospital after hit and run

A seven year old boy has been taken to hospital with a broken leg after a hit and run in Bradford. The driver failed to stop after the incident on Spring Mill Street, West Bowling, close to the junction of Bowbridge Road between 12.30pm and 12.40pm on Friday 9 August.

West Yorkshire Police are appealing for witnesses and are asked to contact PC Mark Claxton at the Western Area Roads Policing Unit on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 with any information

Renewed appeal on anniversay of hit and run

Peter Topping Credit: South Yorkshire Police

Police are renewing an appeal for information one year after 56-year-old Peter Topping died in a fatal incident in Goldthorpe.

At around 8.25pm on Thursday, 29 December 2011, it is believed that Mr Topping was lying in the carriageway on Co-operative Street, Goldthorpe, when an unknown vehicle drove over him causing fatal injuries.

The driver of the vehicle failed to stop at the scene, and it is reported that the vehicle continued along Co-operative Street, turning left onto Doncaster Road. Despite extensive enquiries in the area and assistance from the local community, neither the driver nor the vehicle has been traced.

Police are interested in speaking to the occupants of three vehicles that are believed to have been in the area at the time and may have witnessed the incident: a dark coloured Mercedes ‘C’ class, a dark coloured Land Rover Freelander, and a silver coloured Audi A3.

Children hurt in hit-and-run in Sheffield

Police are appealing for witnesses after two children were injured during a collision in Sheffield.

At 5pm on Saturday, a red vehicle turned into Hinde Street from Robey Street, when it's thought the vehicle began to reverse and collided with two children who were crossing the road behind the vehicle.

It is believed the vehicle failed to stop and left the scene, travelling back onto Robey Street.

The children, a seven-year-old boy and a 12-year-old girl, were taken to Sheffield Children’s Hospital. The boy has a suspected broken ankle and the girl a broken right ankle, chipped tooth and minor grazes.

Anyone with information should contact South Yorkshire Police on 101.

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