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New CCTV released to help catch hit and run driver

Police have released new CCTV footage of a car they would like to trace in connection with a fatal traffic collision in Poole.

Christopher Colegate was killed when he was hit by a car on the junction of Darby's Lane and Heath Avenue in December. The sixty-nine year-old died later in hospital.

Inspector Matt Butler, of Dorset Police's Traffic Unit, said: "We believe this car is significant to our investigation, It was seen travelling along Heath Avenue in the direction of Wimborne Road shortly after the collision.

I would urge the owner of this car, or anyone who recognises it - to contact Dorset Police, in confidence, as soon as possible."


Man arrested after Hove hit and run

Police have arrested a 24-year-old London man and recovered a vehicle from a London address following a hit and run in Hove.

The incident happened at the junction of Church Road and Sackville Road in Hove at 11.09pm on Christmas Day.

The man has been released on bail until February while enquiries continue.

The collision involved a blue Skoda Octavia taxi and a silver Vauxhall Insignia, which left the scene.

A teenage boy who was a passenger in the taxi suffered serious head injuries and has since undergone surgery in an effort to save the sight in his right eye.

The taxi driver sustained minor injuries.

Club offers £1000 reward for hit and run appeal

A club in Poole, that the victim of a fatal hit and run was walking to when he died, has offered a £1000 reward for information to find the driver.

The renewed appeal comes after 69-year-old Chris Colegate was hit by a vehicle on Friday 13th December in Poole who failed to stop at the scene.

Mr Colegate was on his way to the Oakdale Conservative Club when he was hit and they have offered the reward money in the hope it will lead to the arrest of an offender.

Like the rest of the local community we are really saddened by this incident. Chris Colegate was a regular at the club and had many friends here. We all miss him dearly. We urge anyone with any information about this tragic collision to do the right thing and contact Dorset Police. No matter how small, your information could be the missing piece of the jigsaw.”

– Bob Barnes, chairman of Oakdale Conservative Club

Serious eye injury for teen after hit and run

A 16-year-old boy had glass enter his eye following a hit and run in Brighton where his taxi collided with a car that sped off.

The boy was a front-seat passenger in the taxi which crashed shortly after 11pm on Christmas Day at the junction of Church Road and Sackville Road in Hove.

The blue Skoda taxi was travelling east to west along Church Road when a silver Vauxhall Insignia saloon travelling south to north along Sackville Road collided with its nearside.

The taxi went out of control and mounted the pavement.

The teenager from Southwick suffered head injuries, including glass fragments entering his eye and the driver suffered whiplash- both were taken to hospital by ambulance.

Police are appealing for witnesses to contact 101 or sightings of a badly damaged silver Vauxhall Insignia in the Hove area.

Police release image of hit and run car

The car wanted in connection with the death of Chris Colegate in Poole Credit: Dorset Police

Police are renewing their appeal for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward following a fatal fail to stop collision – with details and an image of a vehicle they are keen to trace being released.

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.

Police Sergeant Stuart Pitman, of Dorset Police’s Traffic Unit, said:

“This BMW was in the immediate area of the collision scene at the time and I am convinced the driver would have witnessed some of the incident. I wish to make it clear that I believe this to be a witness not a suspect."

“And as we approach Christmas Day, I would urge the driver involved in this collision to do the right thing and call Dorset Police.”

The charity Crimestoppers has offered has offered a reward of up to £1,000 for information that leads to the arrest and charge of an offender.


Family pays tribute to 'happy' hit and run victim

The family of Chris Colegate have paid tribute to the grandfather after he was hit by a vehicle in Poole on Friday 13th December.

Mr Colegate was frail and used two walking sticks to help him move around.

Mr Colegate was part of the Royal Navy and every year took his family to the Navy day in Portsmouth.

Our Dad was a popular character and the nature of his illness meant he was distinctive when out and about and his frailty obvious. Despite his chronic disabilities he remained independent and as active as possible.He was well-known in the community for his generous nature and happy disposition. He would do anything for his family and friends.He loved his grandchildren to bits and would do anything for them. Every year on her birthday, he made his granddaughter a number for her playhouse to reflect her age. It is her birthday on Christmas Day. She knows there will be no number eight this year.

– Mr Colegate's family

Family of hit and run pensioner make emotional appeal

The family of Chris Colegate, who was killed in a hit and run in Poole, have made a public appeal for the driver to come forward in a press conference today.

Mr Colegate died after being serious injured on Friday 13th December at the junction of Heath Avenue and Darby's Lane.

A £1,000 reward has also been offered for information leading up to the arrest and charge of the suspect who 'left Mr Colegate to die in the road'.

£1000 reward for information over hit and run

Police investigating a fatal hit and run in Poole are now offering a reward of up to £1000 for information.

Christopher Colegate, 69, from Poole, was tragically struck by a vehicle which failed to stop at the junction of Darby’s Lane and Heath Avenue on Friday night.

I urge the driver involved in this collision to please do the right thing and get in touch. This has caused Mr Colegate’s family great distress. We know the driver would have been aware of the collision and I urge him or her to get in contact with us immediately. This will not go away; we will find you. In particular, we would like to speak with the driver of a silver family sized car travelling in Darby’s Lane toward Johnston Road, a family sized car that turned right from Darby’s Lane into Heath Avenue and a family sized car that turned left from Darby’s Lane into Popes Road."

– Inspector Matt Butler, Dorset Police
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