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No let up in hit and run investigation

[Friday 18 May 2007]
Bill Hendry
Bill Hendry

NORTH Yorkshire Police have insisted there will be no let up in the investigation into the hit and run accident that claimed the life of a 75-year-old man.

Bill Hendry was hit by a small car or van about 9.30 on the morning of Monday 26 February in Stockwell Lane, Knaresborough.

The driver did not stop and Mr Hendry died in hospital the same day.

Detective Inspector Dave Horne, who heads the investigation team, said: "Nearly three months on we are still working hard to resolve this tragic matter, and our focus is still firmly on finding the person who left this elderly gentleman lying in the road with terrible injuries.

"A community is outraged, a family is bereft - and somewhere out there a person is wrestling with their conscience, while dreading every knock at the door in case it is the police come to bring them to justice. For everyone's sake this needs resolving as quickly as possible."

DI Horne said that since the investigation began officers have taken 75 statements, followed up 240 leads, with more coming in all the time. They have interviewed more than 200 drivers during road checks, made 114 house-to-house inquiries so far and those working on the case include detectives, Road Policing officers, PCSOs, beat officers, Special Constables, road accident and vehicle analysts, forensic experts, and CCTV specialists

DI Horne is pleased with the response from local people, who are distressed and angered by what has happened to such a well-liked fellow-resident. "They are giving us great support and encouragement and have given us a lot of information and leads which we continue to follow up," he said.

"However, what I still need is contact from someone who saw the actual accident. At that time of the morning - 9.30am - there were shoppers, dog-walkers, joggers and workers from nearby construction sites all out and about, and I feel sure that at least one of them must have seen the impact. Anyone who can help us find the vehicle and the driver involved should call Harrogate Police immediately on 0845 60 60 24 7 or Crimestoppers on 0800-555111."

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