Nottinghamshire Police

A 43-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving after a 57-year-old father-of-three was hospitalised in a hit and run on the Lincolnshire border.

Neil Wainwright was cycling on the A616 towards South Muskham at around 6.40pm on Sunday, March 7 when a car crashed into him. The driver left the scene, leaving Neil severely injured on the side of the road where he was found by a member of the public.

He suffered a fractured frontal skull, a neck fracture, ten broken ribs, several lower spinal fractures and a broken pelvis, and he required surgery. He was fighting for his life in hospital for nearly two weeks, but has since been discharged.

Nottinghamshire Police revealed this week that a 43-year-old was arrested on Wednesday, March 17 in Tuxford. He has since been released under investigation.

A 23-year-old man was also interviewed under caution in relation to the collision as police continue their enquiries into the incident.

Detective Constable Sarah Stables, from Nottinghamshire Police’s Serious Collision Unit, said: “We have been working around the clock to track down the driver who caused Mr Wainwright such serious injuries and left him at the roadside.

“After lengthy searches on local CCTV and ANPR cameras we were able to track down a vehicle in connection with the incident.”

She added: “It was great to hear that the victim has now been discharged from hospital. He had suffered 10 broken ribs and was in a lot of pain and discomfort, so I’m glad to hear he’s continuing on his path to recovery.”

The victim’s daughters Georgina, Laura and Claire Wainwright had been desperately urging anyone who saw the incident to help with the police investigation.

Georgina recently spoke emotionally about the ordeal, saying: “The whole family is in bits. It’s really shook us to be honest.

“He’s done remarkably well so far, but he’s not out the woods yet and we’re all very much on edge still. He will be in recovery for a long time.

“He’s not just a devoted father, but he is a son and full time carer to his mother who suffers from dementia, a brother, a granddad, an uncle, a friend and a work colleague.

“He’s a big believer of road safety and promotes it to everyone he knows. He was fully equipped on the night of the incident, wearing the right gear in the conditions.”

Anyone with information that could assist with the investigation is being urged to call Nottinghamshire Police on 101 quoting incident 656 of March 7.

Alternatively, it can be reported through the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

A 57-year-old father of three suffered life-threatening injuries in a hit and run on the Lincolnshire border.

Neil Wainwright, 57, was cycling on the A616 towards South Muskham at around 6.40pm on Sunday, March 7 when a car crashed into him.

The driver left the scene, leaving Neil severely injured on the side of the road.

He was found roadside by a member of the public who contacted emergency services.

Neil suffered a fractured frontal skull, a neck fracture, ten broken ribs, several lower spinal fractures and a broken pelvis, and is currently fighting for his life in hospital.

His daughters Georgina, Laura and Claire are now urging any witnesses to help police with the investigation.

They said of their dad: “The whole family is in bits. It’s really shook us to be honest.

“He’s still in hospital and is due to have surgery soon on his back to make him a bit more stable.

“Thankfully he’s a bit more alert and talking now, but we are so desperate for them to make a decision and hopefully he’ll be able to move from his bed soon.

“He’s such an active person — laying in that bed all day with no visitors will be very hard for him.

“He’s done remarkably well so far, but he’s not out the woods yet, he’s still in hospital and we’re all very much on edge still. He will be in recovery for a long time.

“He’s not just a devoted father, but he is a son and full time carer to his mother who suffers from dementia, a brother, a granddad, an uncle, a friend and a work colleague.

“He’s a big believer of road safety and promotes it to everyone he knows. He was fully equipped on the night of the incident, wearing the right gear in the conditions.

“There must be someone who saw the incident, it’s quite a busy road and at the weekend, so there must have been someone who knows something who can contact police.”

If you saw this incident or have any information that could help officers, call 101 and quote incident 656 of March 7.

A 33-year-old man from Lincoln has been spared jail after a single-punch attack outside a pub in Newark left his victim needing surgery to a broken jaw.

Sam Bagworth punched his victim in the face, causing him to collapse to the ground unconscious during the incident in Carter Gate in Newark on December 15, 2019.

Bagworth, of West Street, Brant Broughton, Lincoln, had left a pub in the area and soon began speaking with the victim and their interaction became heated.

A number of onlookers intervened in the argument and a marked police car was also in the area at the time. The police car had noticed the disturbance at around 2am.

Police remained there until most of the people around had dispersed. However, as soon as the police car left, Bagworth punched his victim in the face, leaving him unconscious for a short time.

People in the area helped the victim to his feet once he regained consciousness, who then headed home.

He was still not feeling well a day later so attended hospital, where an x-ray showed that his left jaw had been fractured. The victim was transferred to the Queen’s Medical Centre for surgery.

Bagworth appeared at Nottingham Crown Court for sentencing on Wednesday, February 10. He pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm without intent.

He was sentenced to 10 months, suspended for 18 months. He was also ordered to complete 200 hours of unpaid work and pay £600 in compensation, as well as a victim surcharge of £149.

Detective Constable Tim McDonnell, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “This is a stark reminder that one punch can be extremely dangerous, and this incident highlights the trauma that these kind of assaults can inflict on victims.

“Bagworth had involved himself in an argument after being at the local pub for some time, which unnecessarily escalated the situation.

“The punch he delivered caused a man to be left with a broken jaw and knocked him unconscious, which left him feeling ill for a while after.

“Not only this, a police car was in the area beforehand to deal with the disturbance caused prior to this, and it was clear that he took the opportunity to act irrationally and deliver this punch once the officers were out of sight.

“This kind of behaviour is unacceptable and in Nottinghamshire we take such reports extremely seriously.

“It is a testament to officers investigating the case that Bagworth was brought to court and that he will need to complete this work, pay the charges and have this sentence hanging over him for the next year and a half.”

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