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Second arrest in hunt for hit and run suspects after a local man is killed in Stokesley

News Article, Stokesley, North Yorkshire

Article By: Dave Roberts

First Published: 20 January 2012

UPDATE: 21 January 2013

NORTH YORKSHIRE POLICE have informed us that a second person (an 18-year-old man) has now been arrested. The arrest took place yesterday (20 January 2013) following an appeal from the police officer leading the investigation: Detective Superintendent Steve Smith.

The 15-year-old male remains in police custody.

Police say that their appeal outlined below remains the same. Anyone who saw the vehicle in Stokesley, saw the collision or saw people running from the scene are asked to contact police.

First Published: 20 January 2013

NORTH YORKSHIRE POLICE have renewed their appeal for witnesses to come forward after a 27-year-old Stokesley man was killed on his way to the local shops.

The deceased man, who remains un-named, was hit by a silver Range Rover in North Road, Stokesley, at approximately 12.20pm on Saturday 19 January. The 4x4 is thought to have careered through bushes across a grass area, before crashing into a disused building, where the victim was walking past at the time.

The occupants of the vehicle are reported to have run away from the scene. A 15-year-old male was arrested and is in police custody where he is being questioned about the incident.


Detective Superintendent Steve Smith, the police officer leading the investigation is keeping an open mind and urging people to report sightings of silver Range Rover. In an interview at the location of the tragic incident, I asked DS Smith if the Range Rover had been reported stolen. He said: "At the time it happened it wasn't reported stolen. It's a very active line of inquiry to find out what it was doing here, to speak to the person who owns and it establish what they knew about it being here."

He added: "I don't believe at this time that the person who owned it is involved."

The extensive police enquiries continue with the police keen to speak to anyone who can identify the other occupants of the vehicle.

In a statement to the media, Detective Superintendent Steve Smith said:

"We are currently focusing our efforts to identify the people in the vehicle at the time of the incident and have renewed our appeal for information.

"I am appealing to anyone who saw a silver Range Rover with a personalised number plate driving through the town on Saturday morning in the hours and minutes leading up to the crash. And, to anyone who saw the occupants run from the vehicle after it crashed.

"Many people have come forward with information already, for which we thank them. However, despite the snow, many people were out and about in Stokesley on Saturday morning and may have seen the Range Rover driving around town. I urge these people to come forward and talk to the police - no matter how insignificant you may think your information is, please contact us and tell us what you saw."

"This is a tragic incident which has left the victim's family utterly devastated and the local community in shock. An innocent member of the public was walking along the street, having decided to go to the shops to buy some lunch, and sadly, never returned home to his family.

"We will leave no stone unturned until those responsible have been identified and brought to justice. It's only a matter of time before we catch up with those involved and I therefore urge them to do the right thing and contact the police.

"There will also be people who know who was in the Range Rover at the time of the tragedy and may be shielding them. I urge them to search their conscience and do what they know is the right thing to do, and call the police."

Anyone with any information is asked to call North Yorkshire Police on 101 and pass information to the Force Control Room, quoting incident number 212 of 19 January.

Alternatively, you can pass information anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

In a press release, North Yorkshire Police said the family of the victim are receiving support from specially trained police officers.

That the Range Rover has been recovered by the police and is currently undergoing detailed forensic examination.

Video report by: Dave Roberts.

 

 

 

 

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