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Police appeal for witnesses after hit and run

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Police are trying to trace the next of kin of a man who remains in critical condition following a hit and run.

At 10.10pm on Thursday August 13, 52-year-old Gerard (Gerry) McConnell was walking on Featherstall Road near to the junction of Whitelees Road, Littleborough when there was a collision with a silver Mitsubishi Shogun Estate. The car registration was YS53 YFK.

Gerry is currently in hospital in critical condition and, despite police’s best efforts, his next of kin have not yet been found. Hospital staff are growing increasingly concerned about his condition and police are appealing for help to trace next of kin who are believed to be in Manchester or Ireland.

Despite extensive efforts we have been unable to locate Gerry’s next of kin.

We believe that he may have family in Manchester or Ireland. If anybody has any information, if you are a friend or relative of Gerry’s and can help then please contact the GMP Serious Collision Investigation Unit.

– Sergeant Brian Orr from the GMP Serious Collision Investigation Unit
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Police are still appealing for information the incident itself which saw the car also collide with a lamppost which went through the window of a house on Featherstall Road. No one in the house was injured.

After the collision, three men were seen to get out of the car and run off. Police are now trying to trace them.

It is thought the car has recently been sold and police are appealing to anyone who knows who bought it to call police.

Anyone with information on Gerry’s next of kin or the incident should phone the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 0161 856 4742.

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