Police hunt motorist after PCSO knocked off his bike in hit and run

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POLICE are hunting a hit and run driver who knocked a police community support officer off his bike.

The officer suffered minor head injuries and cuts to his arms after he was hit by the car on a roundabout at the junction of Winterbotton Avenue and Easington Road, in Hartlepool.

Officers now want to trace the driver of the car, who failed to stop at the scene and instead continued at speed down Powlett Road.

The car is thought to be the size of a Citroen C2 or small Micra-type vehicle and possibly light blue. It had a new-style number plate starting with an N.

It is not thought at this stage that the PCSO was deliberately targeted during the incident at 9.10pm on Friday.

Officers also want to speak to a member of the public who was walking past with an umbrella at the time and shouted towards the injured PCSO.

Sergeant Mark Haworth, of Cleveland Police, said: “We have a number of lines of enquiry including viewing CCTV in the local area.

“I would appeal for the driver to come forward off their own accord before they find police officers at their door.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Sgt Haworth on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.