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New appeal after child was injured in Newcastle hit-and-run

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Police are re-appealing for witnesses after a child was injured in a hit-and-run collision in Newcastle earlier this month.

Emergency services were called after a mini bus hit a nine-year-old cyclist on Hazeldene Avenue in Kenton, at 5.20pm on 3 September.

The driver of the mini bus got out of the vehicle and spoke to the boy before telling him he would go and find help. However, the man reportedly got back in the mini bus - which belonged to the Street Cars firm - and abandoned the vehicle up the road before fleeing on foot.

The child was taken to hospital by paramedics with a serious wrist injury. He has since been discharged.

Following an appeal for witnesses, and the support of the firm who owned the mini bus, officers were able to trace a man suspected to be the driver and a full investigation is still ongoing.

Senior investigating officer, Sgt Phil Emmerson, said police are particularly keen to speak to the driver of a light coloured BMW thought to be in the area at the time.

He said: "The child in this collision suffered a nasty wrist injury and it has caused a lot of distress to both him and his family.

"Our investigation continues and we still need anyone who saw what happened to contact us and tell us what happened.

"We are particularly keen to speak to the driver of a light coloured BMW thought to have been driving in the area at the time of the collision.

"If you are that driver, or were in the area at the time and drive a similar car, then please give us a call."

If you saw the collision, or have information that may help the investigation, then contact police on 101 quoting log 834 03/09/17.