Appeal after crash

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A DISABLED granddad has appealed for information after a van driver smashed into the rear of his car and then drove off.

Edward Potts, 68, was sitting in his Citroen Picasso in Moor Parade, on the Headland in Hartlepool, when a white van drove into the rear of his car before driving off down Montague Street.

Mr Potts, who was in the car with a family friend, Anthony Keir, 25, at the time, has appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

Police are investigating and Mr Potts say the driver of the van will know they have collided with him because of the amount of damage caused.

Mr Potts, who lives in Portmadoc Walk, is registered disabled after being involved in a road traffic accident seven years ago which left him with hip, pelvis and spinal injuries.

The 68-year-old, who also suffers with breathlessness, said: “I was parked up when all of a sudden this white van came down the road and hit the back end of my car at speed and then drove off.

“There is damage to the panel and bumper and white paint on my car,” added Mr Potts who said he now faces losing his no claims insurance bonus.

He added: “It has left a big scratch and dent on the side of my car and whoever has done this must know they have hit me.

“I am appealing for witness, or anybody that might know anything about what happened, to get in touch with the police.”

The incident happened on Sunday, August 4, at around 5.15pm.

A spokeswoman for Cleveland Police said they were treating it as failing to stop after a road traffic collision and have appealed for any witnesses to call the non-emergency 101 number.