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Man arrested over Leeds hit and run

A 36-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a hit-and-run crash which left a two-year-old boy and his 10-year-old sister fighting for their lives. The man is being questioned by police after Raham Saleem and his sister Sabam were knocked down on Saturday.

He has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving, failing to stop at the scene of an accident and failing to report an accident, West Yorkshire Police said. Officers say they have also recovered a car.

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Image is released of car suspected to have hit two children in Leeds

This is the car suspected of hitting the two children Credit: cctv footage

Police have released an image of a suspect vehicle which is believed to have seriously injured two young children and made off in Hyde Park, Leeds. Anyone who has information about the silver or grey Vauxhall Astra mark 4 (1998-2005 series) is asked to contact police as a matter of urgency.

Ten year old Sabam Saleem remains in a critical but stable condition in hospital today while her younger brother Raham Saleem, who is two, is now improving and has been moved from the intensive care unit at Leeds General Infirmary.

Police are following a number of lines of enquiry from over the weekend to locate the silver Astra which struck them, and have had a very positive response to appeals from residents and members of the public.

They are also appealing for a new potential witness to come forward. Images taken of the incident show a woman on the street at the time and detectives believe she may well have witnessed what took place and seen the car in detail.

Did this woman see the car - and witness the accident? Credit: cctv footage

Detective Superintendent Paul Taylor who is leading the enquiry, said:

“A major investigation remains ongoing into what has been a catastrophic incident for Sabam and Raham’s family on what should have been one of the happiest weekends of their year."

"Specialist officers are working to support the family who are clearly extremely distressed, and for their sake we ask anyone who can help us more quickly find the driver responsible for this collision to come forwards now.”

“We ask anyone who recognises this vehicle to contact us as a matter or urgency. We also know there was a woman who was on the street at the time who we have not spoken to yet and would ask her to make contact with us as soon as possible.”

"We have received a lot of support from residents who are helping us investigate a truly shocking incident in a very close knit community and are determined to leave no stone unturned to locate this driver."

"Clearly it remains the case that it would be better for this individual to contact us before we come to see them.”

Anyone who has information or witnessed the incident can contact the Hmet on 101 or CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111.

Appeal by detective leading hit and run investigation

Detective Superintendent Paul Taylor, who is leading the enquiry, urged the driver to contact police now - before receiving a knock on the door from detectives. He said the incident had greatly upset the local community and caused extreme distress to Raham and Sabam’s parents.

Her parents have told us that Sabam in particular couldn’t wait to celebrate Eid today, and instead she is now fighting for her life in a hospital bed. Her father has told us little Sabam is the apple of his eye and as his eldest, is a big help to him and her mum. She enjoys reading and already likes to fuss over her younger brother and sister.”

" We know the car was a silver or grey 98-2005 series Vauxhall Astra and I would ask the driver or anyone who was a possible passenger in the car to come forwards immediately.“

– Detective Superintendent Paul Taylor

Ten year old Sabam remains critically ill in hospital

Ten year old Sabam Saleem remains "critical but stable" in Leeds General Infirmary, whilst her two year old brother, Raham Saleem, is said to be improving.

Police are studying cctv footage they say shows the car in the area and they are hoping experts will be able to enhance it sufficiently to make out the registration number. In the meantime, they are expected to release an image from the cctv in the hope someone may lead them to the driver.

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