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Witness appeal following Stortford hit-and-run

By Herts & Essex Observer  |  Posted: November 18, 2012

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A MAN left hospitalised following a hit-and-run incident in Bishop’s Stortford has voiced his frustrations after he was informed that cameras along the runway vehicle’s route do not record moving footage.

Chris Johnson was on his way home from London when his Piaggio Fly scooter was in collision with a white van on Tuesday, November 6.

The 40-year-old, of Wentworth Drive, had approached the roundabout near to Bishop’s Park Tesco from the direction of Little Hadham and was in the outside lane preparing to take the third exit towards Thorley Park when he was knocked to the ground.

The other vehicle, which Mr Johnson believes was a Ford Transit or similar, then drove off without stopping.

Mr Johnson, who is currently completing The Knowledge to work as a London black cab driver, said the next thing he remembered was having his safety clothing cut away and being moved into an ambulance.

Two off-duty doctors stopped at the scene to offer their assistance before he was taken to Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow with a suspected fractured pelvis. His injuries were later found to be just soft tissue damage.

Despite two witnesses recording part of the van’s number plate, Mr Johnson said he has been told by police that so far they have been unable to trace a vehicle matching the description.

When he asked if officers could look at camera footage, he claims he was informed that the cameras within the Stortford area were not recording.

“It’s just an indictment to think that people can go around knocking others over and get away with it,” he said. “I could have been seriously hurt or killed.”

A Herts Police spokeswoman said although there are ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) cameras in the area they are only activated when a vehicle is suspected of a motoring offence, such as having no MoT or insurance, or has been reported as stolen.

Witnesses or anyone with information about the collision are urged to call Herts police on the non-emergency number, 101.

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