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Fail to stop collision in West Norwood

News   •   May 29, 2016 15:00 BST

Police are appealing for information and witnesses following a fail to stop collision in West Norwood in which two women were injured.

Police were called by the London Ambulance Service (LAS) shortly before 04:40hrs on Sunday, 29 May, to reports of a collision involving a car and two pedestrians in Norwood High Street, SE27.

Officers attended and found two 29-year-old women with injuries and both were taken to a south London hospital.

One of the injured women has since been discharged from hospital, while the other remains with injuries thought to be life changing.

Detectives from Lambeth CID are investigating and are being assisted by colleagues from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit.

At this early stage detectives believe that a dark coloured vehicle, possibly a BMW with a partial index number of 'SW' mounted the pavement at the junction with Rothschild Street. It drove along the pavement before colliding with some commercial bins and these bins then hit the two women. Enquires are underway to establish whether at any point the vehicle was in collision with the victims.

The vehicle failed to stop and continued along the pavement for some distance before rejoining the road at Norwood High Street at the junction with Gipsy Road and Chapel Road. It is believed the vehicle headed in the direction of Central Hill.

No arrests have been made and enquires continue.

Police Constable Jake Good from Lambeth CID said: "I am keen to hear from anyone who was in the vicinity of Norwood High Street and saw the incident. One woman has been left with what could possibly be life changing injuries and it is of paramount importance that we find the person responsible immediately.

"The two friends had simply been enjoying a night out and were on their way home when the incident occurred. It is believed that vehicle was travelling at some speed along the pavement and the women stood no chance of getting out of the way in time. The driver gave no thought to the victims and callously drove off from the scene without checking their condition.

"I am also keen to hear from anyone who recognises the description of the vehicle. Maybe you have seen a car of this type parked up with significant damage to it. If this is the case please do not hesitate in getting in contact with us. Any information no matter how small could assist us in tracing those responsible."

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information is asked to contact Lambeth CID on 0208 649 2131 or 077857774447. Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.