North Devon garages have been urged to look out for a small car with a damaged front end after a hit-and-run at Beaford which left a teenage horse rider with serious injuries.

The 17-year-old was knocked off his horse when the car collided with it on Tuesday, December 4 on Mill Road at Beaford, before driving away without checking if he was alright.

The young man suffered severe concussion, a broken wrist and a sprained ankle. The horse is not believed to be injured.

Investigating officer, Constable Adam Williams said: “It’s believed that the vehicle involved was a small black car, believed to be a 08 plate, possibly a Vauxhall Corsa.

“The vehicle is likely to have damage to its bonnet and front end so I would appeal to any local garages or body repair shops that have repaired a vehicle of this description since the incident, to contact police.”

Police would also like to speak to anyone who saw the incident, or who may have information that could assist with enquiries.

Please email 101@dc.police.uk quoting log number 650 of December 4, or call 101.