York & North Yorkshire

Police plea to trace North Yorkshire hit-and-run bikers

The scene of the crash
Image caption The crash happened near the Clay Bank car park

Police are calling on two bikers to "search their consciences" after failing to stop at the scene of a crash which left a 74-year-old woman injured.

The woman was walking on the B1257 Helmsley to Stokesley road in North Yorkshire on Sunday when she was hit by one of the motorcycles.

Police said the two bikers stopped briefly a short distance up the road before riding off.

The woman was taken to hospital with shoulder and ankle injuries.

Insp Nick Wattam, of North Yorkshire Police's Road Policing Group, said: "It is very disappointing and disturbing that the two motorcycle riders involved in this hit-and-run incident have failed to contact the police.

"They knew that a woman had been knocked down and suffered injuries, yet they selfishly and illegally carried on with their journey without any concern for her welfare.

"This behaviour is totally unacceptable and I would urge anyone who can identify one or both of these individuals to contact the police without delay."

The crash happened near the Clay Bank car park at about 1720 BST.

Police said "extensive" inquiries were ongoing to trace the two riders.

Insp Wattam said the woman had been discharged from hospital.

He added: "However, we can't escape from the fact that this could so easily have resulted in a tragic loss of life."

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