Man seriously injured after hit-and-run following reports of three men chasing car with a bat

Northumbria Police are appealing for information as a man has been left with serious injuries after a hit-and-run in Ashington.

Friday, 13th December 2019, 12:25 pm
Updated Friday, 13th December 2019, 1:23 pm
Police received reports that that three males, one believed to be carrying a bat, were chasing a car on Hawthorn Road.

Shortly before 5.30pm on Thursday, December 12 police received a report that three males, one believed to be carrying a bat, were chasing a car on Hawthorn Road in Ashington.

Officers were sent to the scene.

While they began their inquiries into the incident, they received another report that a male pedestrian had been injured following a collision with a dark coloured vehicle on Chestnut Street, also in Ashington, which had then driven away from the scene of the incident.

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Emergency services were called to the road and the 25-year-old male received treatment at the scene.

He was later taken to hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

More officers were called to the roads to speak to witnesses and to try to locate the vehicle and its driver.

Northumbria Police have now confirmed that, at this stage, these two incidents are being treated as linked to one another.

Officers are continuing their inquiries.

Detective Sergeant Peter Morgan from Northumbria Police said: “We have received a number of calls from concerned members of the public about these two awful incidents in Ashington.

“I would like to reassure the public that we have a number of officers in the area carrying out enquiries to help us build a picture of the events which led up to this awful collision which has left a man seriously injured.

“However at this stage we do believe the victim and the offender are known to each other and there are is no wider risk to the public. We will be carrying out extra patrols to reassure the public and anyone with concerns, or information should make themselves known to an officer.”

If anyone has any information that they think could help officers, they can call Northumbria Police on 101 or email [email protected] quoting the reference number 829 121219. Or alternatively, they should call Crimestoppers to remain anonymous on 0800555111.