Leicestershire Police release digger hit-and-run e-fit

e-fit of suspect in Clipsham hit-and-run Police want to question a man seen driving the stolen digger

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Leicestershire Police have released an e-fit of a man they want to question in connection with a hit-and-run which left a 70-year-old woman critically injured.

Kirby Hamill was walking near her home on Bidwell Lane, Clipsham at 1500 GMT on Sunday when she was struck by a digger stolen from Clipsham Quarry.

Mrs Hamill is in a stable condition in University Hospital Coventry.

Police said there were possible sightings of the digger later that day.

The first sighting of the yellow Mattbro Tele Handler was in Thistleton about 1535 GMT when a similar vehicle was seen driving through the village heading towards Wymondham.

The second sighting was during the evening in Asfordby.

'Horrific incident'

Landowners in the area have been asked to search their fields and buildings for the digger with forklift, and police are also trying to trace the occupants of a red Escort-type van seen in the area that afternoon.

The driver has been described as white, middle-aged with a stocky build and dark hair.

His passenger was younger, and was also white with dark hair.

Detective Chief Inspector Neil Castle said: "This was a horrific incident which could have been far worse had Mrs Hamill not been discovered when she was."

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