The daughter of a cyclist injured in a hit-and-run in Bideford has led an emotional appeal to find the driver who fled the scene.

Jamie Kingston, 48, from Northam, was cycling on Kingsley Road when he was hit by a car at the traffic lights outside Morrisons on Wednesday, July 18.

He broke eight ribs and his shoulder, and punctured a lung in the collision, which happened at around 11.45am.

The father-of-five and grandfather-of-one had to be transferre to Derriford Hospital yesterday (Thursday) to undergo surgery.

Now his daughter Laura Faith is appealing to try and find the driver who failed to stop at the scene.

In a Facebook post shared more than 700 times, Laura urged anyone who saw anything, or had any CCTV or dashcam footage, to come forward.

She told the Gazette: “He’s such an active man and he’s been in hospital in a bed for nine days and that is what’s really hard.

“He was incredibly lucky to not have life-threatening or life-changing injuries and thank God he was wearing a helmet.

“It just shows how 30 seconds can change your life; 100 metres earlier he was saying goodbye to a group of cyclists he was riding with.”

Laura said her father, a window cleaner by trade, was a keen cyclist and would be determined to get better as soon as possible.

“We’re hoping he can come back to North Devon for rehabilitation soon, and they think a full recovery will take six months,” she said.

“We just want somebody to come forward; it’s been big news in the area and someone must know something.

“Whatever it is, even if you think it is the most useless bit of information, you don’t know how much that could help the investigation.”

Police issued an appeal earlier this week to find the driver of the Peugeot 206 involved in the incident.

A spokesman said: “The victim, a 48-year-old man, is still in hospital with serious chest injuries as a result of the fall from his bike. The driver is now being sought by police.

“The roads policing team in Barnstaple is appealing for any information to help them identify the driver.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police via 101@dc.police.uk or by phone on 101, quoting log number 420 of July 22.