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Appeal after teenager injured in hit and run

Police in Poole are appealing for information after a 13-year-old boy was injured in a hit and run.

The boy was knocked off his bike as his bike collided with a motorcycle as he rode along Methuen Road yesterday afternoon.

He suffered injuries to his torso, arm and leg, which are not believed to be serious.

The motorcycle failed to stop at the scene following the collision.

“The boy was obviously very shaken by the incident and suffered injuries. I am asking anyone who may be able to identify the rider of the motorcycle to get in touch with me on 101.

“I am appealing to anyone who may have witnessed the collision or manner of driving of the motorcyclist before the incident to contact me.

“I would also appeal directly to the motorcyclist to do the right thing and come forward.”

– Police Constable Andrea Grant, of Poole police

Hunt for three men following fatal hit and run

Police are looking for three men in connection with a hit and run in Kent.

Kent Police was called just after midnight this morning to a report of a crash involving a green Ford Explorer and a blue Ford KA, on Ash Road at the junction with North Ash Road in New Ash Green.

The driver of the KA, a 56-year-old man from the local area, was pronounced dead at the scene.

It was reported that three men who had been travelling in the Explorer left the scene and officers are currently carrying out enquiries in order to locate them.

"We are very keen to speak to anyone who may have witnessed this collision, or the movements of either vehicle in the moments leading up to it. I would also urge anyone who knows the identities or whereabouts of the Ford Explorer passengers to contact us urgently."

– Sergeant Chris Wade of the serious collision investigation unit


Appeal following hit and run in Bournemouth

Detectives are appealing for witnesses following a hit and run in Bournemouth.

Emergency services were called to Tyrrell Gardens in the Townsend area yesterday afternoon after reports that a man had been hit by a car which failed to stop.

Police were later called to a car fire in Howard Road in the city where the car believed to have been involved in the collision was destroyed in the blaze.

The victim of the hit and run, a 20-year-old man from Bournemouth, was taken to hospital for treatment to a serious head injury. His condition is described as stable and not life-threatening.

A 24-year-old man from Poole has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

“I am appealing to anyone who witnessed either incident in Tyrrell Gardens and Howard Road to please call me urgently.

“I am particularly keen to hear from anyone who witnessed the manner of driving of the Daewoo before and after the incident.

“All calls will be treated in the strictest of confidence.”

– Detective Inspector Joan Carmichael, of Bournemouth CID

Cyclist injured in hit and run

Police are appealing for information about a collision in Portsmouth on Tuesday in which a cyclist was injured.

The 48-year-old woman was cycling along St Mary’s Road around 10.20am when she was involved in a collision with a van outside City Girls School.

The collision caused the woman to go over the handlebars. She suffered cuts to her face and arms and is now at home recovering.

The van, which is described as a white, drop side van, continued driving.

“There were lots of people around, many who stopped to help the cyclist. None have so far been able to give any details of the vehicle. I’d therefore like to hear from anyone who saw the van or knows who anything that could assist with our enquiries.”

– PC Rob Giles

Funeral for former spitfire pilot

Doug Gregory was knocked down and killed in a hit and run Credit: Hampshire Constabulary

The funeral will take place today of a former Spitfire pilot who was killed in a hit and run crash in Southampton.

Ninety two year-old Doug Gregory died from his injuries two weeks after he was knocked down when he walked home from buying his morning newspaper in Blackfield.

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.

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.

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