Man arrested over hit-and-run incident outside Co-op

January 07 2020
Man arrested over hit-and-run incident outside Co-op

POLICE have arrested a man on suspicion of multiple offences after a hit-and-run driver left a shop's security guard injured in the street.

The incident on Church Road is being linked to a theft at the Co-op store.

Avon and Somerset police say the 48-year old man was arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm, causing serious injury by dangerous driving, failing to stop at the scene of an accident and handling stolen goods.

He has been released under investigation.

A 43-year-old woman was arrested shortly after the incident on suspicion of theft and has also been released under investigation.
The security guard was injured at around 9.30pm on December 5, as he attempted to stop a suspected shoplifter from getting away.

A car drove over the guard, who is in his 20s, and left him in the road before leaving the scene.

He received significant injuries, including a broken arm and ribs, and needed hospital treatment.

Church Road was closed for more than 12 hours after the incident, as forensic investigators examined the scene.

Traffic, including bus services which use the A420 to link the city centre with Kingswood and Hanham, was diverted.

The car was recovered the following day.

Detective Inspector James Wasiak said: “This incident could’ve been much worse and the victim is extremely lucky he escaped with the injuries he did.

As part of our inquiry, specialist crime scene investigators have examined the scene and I’d like to thank the public for their patience while we closed the road to do this.

We’re also keen to speak to anyone who witnessed the incident who hasn’t yet spoken to us, as well as any motorists who may have dashcam of the Church Road area around the time.”

Anyone with information should call 101 and provide the call handler with the reference 5219 281 353.