January 13, 2020 11.51 am This story is over 20 months old

Man arrested after girl injured in Louth hit and run

Police are still appealing for witnesses

A 32-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a hit and run which put a 12-year-old girl in hospital.

As previously reported, the young girl was walking across the pedestrian crossing on Newmarket near to the Co-op and Hunters fish and chip shop when she was struck by a car at around 4.15pm on Monday, January 6.

The girl was taken to hospital with injuries, which police said were not life-threatening or life-altering.

The vehicle, a five-door silver Ford Focus hatchback, is believed to have driven over the crossing while the traffic lights were showing red. It did not stop and drove away from the scene.

A man was arrested on Sunday, January 12 in connection with the incident, before later being released under investigation.

The girl’s dad Gary Ross previously issued a heartfelt plea to the driver through a community Facebook group, where he said his daughter lost her front tooth and half of another front tooth and had surgery to repair where her lip had torn through.

Her injuries also included swelling to her forehead and numerous cuts to it.

He claimed: “Additional footage shows that no attempt was made to slow down and no attempt was made to stop after the incident.

“It is also estimated that the speed of the vehicle was in excess of 35mph. My daughter realised the car wasn’t slowing last second and tried to get out of the way, and this is what saved her life.”

Police are continuing their appeal for witnesses and information into the incident.

The force would like to speak to the driver of a black Vauxhall Astra, which is believed to have been following the Ford Focus, as they may have information which could help with the investigation.

The Astra is thought to be a five-door hatchback registered between the years of 2004 and 2009.

Anyone with information should contact Lincolnshire Police on 101 or via email at [email protected] quoting incident 306 of January 6.

It can also be reported through the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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