Van damaged in hit and run

Damage to a van in Red Row
Damage to a van in Red Row

A wife is appealing for people to be on their guard after a driver smashed into her husband’s work van and drove off.

Mike Coles’ work van was hit from the back last Wednesday night, while parked outside his home on Main Street, Red Row.

But instead of leaving their details the motorist responsible for the collision drove off.

Wife Wendy said: “We were in the front room and heard this almighty crash. I looked at Mike and said, ‘That’s your van’. We went outside and I tried to catch up with the car that did it, but I couldn’t see anything.

“I wouldn’t dream of hitting someone else’s vehicle and not leaving my details.

“But it is the second time in just over a year that it has happened.

“This time it was between 8pm and 8.30pm, but the first time it happened at around 1am.

“We are paying for the repairs and it means that the van will be off the road for a couple of days while it gets fixed and it has a knock-on effect on the business.

“We think it was a black vehicle and something like a people carrier because the damage was quite high up to have been caused by a car.

“We reported it to the police straight away and when the officer came round, he said that it was the fifth hit and run that had happened in two days last week.”

Northumbria Police are investigating the accident and anyone who thinks they may have a seen what happened or has any information about the incident is asked to contact them on 101 ext 69191.