Appeal after hit and run in Braunton damages two parked cars

Shop manager appeals for ‘justice to be done’ after his parked car was damaged in the collision.

POLICE are appealing for information after a ‘hit and run’ incident was reported in Braunton on Saturday involving a silver or blue Saab.

A member of the public dialled 999 after hearing a large bang on Chaloners Road around 11.30am.

Two cars, a black Ford Focus and a black Mazda RX8 parked on the side of the road and were damaged in the collision. The driver then fled the scene.

Nick Lloyd, store manager at J’s Skate Shop in Braunton, was the owner of one of Focus damaged in the collision.

He said he has now been left without a car and will struggle to get to work from Barnstaple without it.

“It hasn’t exactly been a great start to the year with the flooding in Braunton and now this,” he said.

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“I got a phonecall saying my car had been smashed into, so I had to shut up the shop to go and deal with it.

“When I got there, there were two police officers and they told me it was a hit and run.

“It’s being assessed by my insurers at the moment but it is almost certainly a write-off.

“Their car must have been pretty damaged as well going by my car and the Mazda; I just hope they own up so justice can be done.”

Mr Lloyd said he has been parking on Chalenors Road for several years and never had any trouble there.

“If anything, I would have thought the cars always parked there would be more of a traffic calming measure, stopping people speeding down there,” he said.

A part of the suspect’s car, believed to be a blue or silver Saab, was later found by officers.

Police conducted a search of the area and are checking CCTV footage to locate the suspect.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the police on 101 quoting log 229 of January 5, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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