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'Find the driver who did this'

Michelle Grest pictured in hospital after the hit and run Photo: Sussex Police

A woman seriously injured in a hit and run has appealed for help in finding those responsible from her hospital bed.

Michelle Grest, who's 28, was hit by a stolen dark grey VW Passat Estate as she crossed Kings Road at around 4.45am on Sunday 15 July following a night out with friends in Brighton.

She was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital and transferred to Hurstwood Park Hospital in Haywards Heath with serious head and leg injuries where she remains.

Michelle said: "I don't remember anything about the crash until I woke up in great pain in my hospital bed.

"I have suffered ten breaks to various bones in my body which include my legs, hips and vertebrae and will not be able to walk properly for some time to come. Doctors have told me I had two blood clots on my brain and that I am lucky to have not suffered brain damage as a result.

"Someone somewhere knows who was driving the car that hit me and did not stop. I don't know how anyone can do such a thing - knock a human being down and just drive on. Luckily I was with people who were able to call an ambulance for me and get me the urgent medical help that I needed.

Michelle Grest before the hit and run Credit: Sussex Police

Detective Sergeant Leon Ryan, who is leading the investigation said: "Michelle is a very brave young woman and is making a great recovery despite her terrible injuries which will no doubt affect her for a long time. I am determined to find those responsible. We need to get justice for Michelle.

"We believe that the same Passat that hit Michelle was used a short time later in a ram raid at a wood flooring shop, in Trafalgar Road, Portslade, where a man was seen to load the car up with pallets of engineered oak flooring. The Passatt was found later abandoned in Amherst Crescent, Hove.

"A white Vauxhall Corsa was then stolen from Amherst Crescent and spotted at the same flooring shop at around 6.23am, this time two men were seen loading up the car with pallets of oak flooring and drive off towards Victoria Park.

"The Corsa was found abandoned the following day (16 July) in Hartington Road, Brighton - again minus the stolen wood."

Police would like to speak to these men Credit: Sussex Police

"We are considering that the second burglary may be connected to the original ram raid and have released images of two men we are keen to trace. If you recognise either of these men then please get in touch with us immediately. Please call 101 quoting Op Claywood or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

The men are described as white, one in his late 40s to 50s, wearing a grey jumper with a black stripe across the middle and black tracksuit bottoms. The second man was in his 30s wearing a pale-coloured T-shirt, jeans and white trainers.

Police want to speak to these men Credit: Sussex Police

Detective Sergeant Ryan continued: "Three weeks later on Sunday 5 August at around 11.55pm the Wood Flooring Centre in Trafalgar Road, was burgled for a third time with around £900 of engineered oak flooring stolen. The thieves prised back the wooden boards used to board up the shop front after the ram raid. Forensics along with house to house enquiries and the viewing of CCTV are continuing to establish if this latest burglary is connected to the previous two and the hit and run on Brighton seafront."