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Jail for the man who ran down a Kent police officer

Heath Vosper was jailed for 10 years after running down a police officer Credit: Kent Police

A man who stole from a Thanet shop and then hit a police officer with a car as he tried to escape, has been jailed for ten years.

Heath Vosper, 44, of no fixed address, was found guilty of attempted grievous bodily harm with intent when he appeared at Maidstone Crown Court on Monday 9 March.

He was also convicted of theft and one count of dangerous driving.

On 3 December 2013, police received a call from a store in Westwood Road in Broadstairs saying that televisions had been stolen and the offenders had made off in a black Vauxhall Vectra.

The car was then seen at a drive-in in Minster with patrols parking a police van across the exit to stop the car. When a police officer started to walk towards the car, Vosper - who was driving - revved the engine before aiming the vehicle straight at the officer.

The car hit the officer and he was thrown into the air, carrying him around six metres. The vehicle then left the scene at speed despite the impact of the collision damaging the windscreen.

The officer received injuries to his head and shoulder as a result.

The black car was later stopped along the A299 near Herne Bay and Vosper and two other occupants were arrested.

When interviewed by police, Vosper said he had been trying to drive past the police van and only realised afterwards he had hit the officer.

"The officer who was injured during the incident was simply trying to carry out his duty and uphold the law and there was absolutely no justification for Vosper’s actions", said Investigating Officer Detective Constable Gary Stamp.

‘During that day, not only did Vosper endanger the life of an officer, but his dangerous driving along the A299 put other motorists at risk and fortunately he was stopped before he could cause any more harm.

In addition, Vosper was sentenced for theft, dangerous driving and two counts of assault with intent to resist arrest, dating back to November 2013 and all committed in the Metropolitan Police area.

The other two occupants of the car were sentenced last year.

A 16-year old from Colchester, Essex, was convicted for one count of theft in June 2014 and given a three-month youth rehabilitation order.

A 23-year old man from Harwich, Essex, was sentenced in June 2014 to 16 weeks in prison for two counts of theft.

Search continues for hit and run driver - a year after crash

It's been exactly a year since a grandfather was knocked down and killed in a hit and run in Poole.

Christopher Colegate, who was 69, was hit as he walked along Darby's Lane in Oakdale - near to the junction of Heath Avenue. He was left dying in the road from his injuries - and later passed away at Poole Hospital.

The driver has still not been traced.

Richard Slee reports.

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Reward offered for information on hit and run

Police want to speak to this man in connection with a hit and run in Bournemouth Credit: Dorset Police

Detectives investigating a fail to stop road traffic collision in Bournemouth are seeking the public's help in trying to locate the suspect - with a picture of the man being released and a reward being offered.

At 4.30am on Sunday 24 August 2014 emergency services were called to Poole Hill following a report of a number of people being struck by a vehicle which had then driven off in the direction of Terrace Road toward the BIC.

A short time later, officers located the vehicle, a grey 318 BMW estate, which had been abandoned on the East Overcliff.

A 22-year-old woman and a 51-year-old man, both from Bournemouth, were taken to Poole Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The female victim sustained bruising to her body and the male victim a head wound.

A reward of up to £3,000 is being offered by the Crimestoppers charity for information leading to an arrest and conviction in this case. In order to qualify for the reward anyone with information should call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.

"Following further enquiries, we are trying to locate the suspect, Dean Cambage who is 32 years old and from Bournemouth, and I am now able to release a picture of him. I am appealing for anyone who knows of the whereabouts of Dean Cambage to come forward - all calls will be treated with the strictest confidence. In the interest of personal safety, I urge members of the public who see anyone they believe to be the person pictured to call police and not to approach him. I hope that this cash reward will encourage anyone with information that will help us to apprehend the suspect to come forward."

– Detective Sergeant Andy Bell, of Bournemouth CID

Appeal for witnesses to hit and run

Police are appealing for witnesses after a driver, who hit a blind man on a pedestrian crossing in St Leonard's, failed to stop.

Police are appealing for witnesses to a hit and run in St Leonard's Credit: ITV Meridian

The man, who was carrying a cane to indicate his disability, was left injured in the middle of the road last Friday morning. It happened on Friday morning in St Leonards-on-Sea.

PC Mark Botley, of Hastings Neighbourhood Response Team, said: "If anyone saw what happened or who has other information that may enable us to identify the vehicle involved, I would urge them to get in touch."

Car drives off after clipping cyclist in Copthorne

A cyclist training for the London to Brighton bike ride was knocked off his bike by a car, which then drove off.

The 23-year-old man from Horley was cycling with a friend on Wednesday evening when he was hit by a black Peugeot's wing mirror.

It happened at the Duke's Head roundabout in Copthorne Common Road at around 6:25pm.

The car stopped briefly but then drove off.

The victim was taken to East surrey Hospital where he was treated for a broken collarbone.

Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to call Sussex Police on 101 quoting serial number 1203 of 16/04.

Woman suffers serious head injuries following taxi hit and run

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses following a serious injury road traffic collision yesterday.

Shortly after midnight a woman got out of a taxi in Sherfield Drive, which was then in collision with her.

The driver did not stop at the scene.

The woman sustained a serious head injury and was taken to the Royal Berkshire Hospital.

The vehicle involved was a black London-style taxi.

Police are trying to trace the driver of a black taxi that would have picked the woman up from Reading town centre and dropped her back to the student halls of residence which were in Sherfield Drive between 11.50pm on Tuesday and 12. 05am on Wednesday.”

– Investigating officer, PC Gareth Miles

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Family appeal for hit & run driver to "do the right thing"

The widow and daughters of a man knocked down and left to die in the road are appealing to the hit and run driver to come forward. Christopher Colegate's family says the person responsible must search his or her conscience and "do the right thing."

69-year-old Mr Colegate was struck eight weeks ago - at the junction of Heath Avenue and Darby's Lane in Poole, Dorset. He later died from his injuries. Today, Dorset Police released new CCTV images of a car they want to trace. Martin Dowse reports.

Daughters of hit and run victim appeal for people to 'do the right thing'

The daughters of an elderly man who was killed after being hit by a car in Poole are urging people to 'do the right thing'.

Christopher Colegate, 69, from Poole, was tragically struck by a vehicle which failed to stop at the scene. He suffered significant injuries and was taken to Poole Hospital but sadly later died.

Christopher's daughters Tash Motton, and Rachel Hayward spoke to ITV Meridian.

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