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Oakdale Conservative Club offer £1,000 reward as police renew appeal to find Christopher Colegate's hit and run driver

By DavidBol  |  Posted: December 28, 2013


Christopher Colegate died after a hit and run along Darby's Lane in Poole on Friday 13 December.

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OAKDALE Conservative Club have offered a £1,00 reward to help find the driver who left Christopher Colegate fatally injured after a collision in Poole.

Dorset Police are continuing to appeal for information after the collision at approximately 7:30pm on Friday 13 December, when the 69-year-old was struck by a car which failed to stop at the scene.

Mr Coelgate was on his way to Oakdale Conservative Club along Darby’s Lane when he was struck.

Club chairman Bob Barnes said: “Like the rest of the local community, we are really saddened by this incident.

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“Chris Colegate was a regular at the club and had many friends here. We all miss him dearly.

“We urge anyone with any information about this tragic collision to do the right thing and contact Dorset Police. No matter how small, your information could be the missing piece of the jigsaw.”

Members of the club have offered a £1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and charge of an offender.

A team of officers from Dorset Police’s Traffic Unit are continuing to investigate the collision and are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Police Sergeant Stuart Pitman of Dorset Police’s Traffic Unit said: “I am still keen to speak to the drivers of two vehicles that were in the area at the time of the collision; a Honda civic-type vehicle travelling from Darby’s Lane into Popes Road and a medium sized light-coloured family car which travelled along Heath Avenue towards Wimborne Road at speed.

“I urge these drivers to come forward so we can eliminate you from the investigation. I would also like to trace a male pedestrian walking along Darby’s Lane towards Johnston Road who passed Mr Colegate shortly before the collision. This pedestrian was wearing a grey hooded top with the hood up.”

Crimestoppers have also offered a reward of up to £1,000 for information leading to the arrest and charge of an offender. Members of the public should call 0800 555 111 to be eligible for this cash reward.

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