Police appeal after NHS worker knocked down and driver left the scene near Birchington

Police are appealing for witnesses and dashcam footage of the hit and run that left Ian in hospital

Kent Police is investigating after a cyclist was hit by a car near Birchington and the driver left the scene.

A vehicle, believed to be a 4×4, was in collision with the cyclist along Manston Road B2050 at around 9.40pm on July 26.

Officers were called to the scene near to the junction with Woodchurch Road. The road was closed for a short time while emergency services dealt with the incident.

The cyclist, dad-of one Ian Jones, has been left with soft tissue injuries to his leg and is currently in the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford. He has also had to be fitted with a catheter.

The healthcare assistant was cycling home to Manston from his job at the Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital in Herne Bay when he was hit.

The 24-year-old said: “They didn’t even brake when I was hit, just drove straight off. The driver should come forward, you would hope that they would want to know the person is ok and not seriously injured.”

Ian says he does not yet know how long he will be in the hospital or how much time he will need to take off from work, where he is currently in training.

His mum Sarah has also made an appeal on facebook for the driver to come forward. She said: “They need to do the right thing and hand themselves in.”

Investigating officer PC Jonathan Ferns said: “The driver of the vehicle had left the scene before officers arrived but we believe it was a silver coloured 4×4.

“We would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the collision or has since seen a vehicle matching this description in the area that may have damage to the front bumper.”

Anyone with information or dashcam footage is asked to phone Kent Police on 01843 222289 quoting reference 26-1687 as soon as possible.

Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers in Kent anonymously on 0800 555 111.