Leeds & West Yorkshire

Leeds hit-and-run probe: Two more arrests after children hurt

Sabah (l) and Rayhaan Saleem
Image caption Sabah and her brother were walking home from a shop when they were hit

Two more people have been arrested after a hit-and-run crash in Leeds in which a two-year-old boy and his 10-year-old sister were seriously injured.

Rayhaan Saleem and his sister Sabah were knocked down by a car in Brudenell Road, Hyde Park, on Saturday evening.

A 39-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and is being held in custody.

A 26-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender has been bailed.

Another man, 36, is also being questioned in connection with the incident.

He is being questioned on suspicion of dangerous driving, failing to stop at the scene of an accident and failing to report an accident, West Yorkshire Police said.

A woman who might have witnessed the incident has also been traced by police.

Aunt's plea

Officers said they had been able to enhance a CCTV picture to identify the vehicle suspected of being involved in the incident, at about 17:20 BST on Saturday.

Image caption This is the car, a silver or grey mark 4 Vauxhall Astra, police believe was involved in the incident

Sabah remains in a critical but stable condition at Leeds General Infirmary, while her brother is said to be "improving".

On Monday the children's aunt, Saima Rafique, pleaded for the driver of the car to come forward.

Ms Rafique said the children had been knocked down as they returned from a shop with food for the family's Eid celebrations.

"I really want my princess home," she said.

"She had just completed her Holy Koran three days ago and was so happy.

"She had a cake ordered especially for her, we were going to celebrate on Eid day. She didn't get to see her cake."

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