Hit-and-run probe: Search for damaged Jaguar

DETECTIVES have stepped up their hunt for a hit-and-run driver in Hadleigh by urging garages to look out for damaged vehicles.

Simon Tomlinson

DETECTIVES have stepped up their hunt for a hit-and-run driver in Hadleigh by urging garages to look out for damaged vehicles.

Police believe the motorist who left Chris Corder fighting for his life as he delivered a church magazine may put his car in for repairs.

The vehicle which allegedly knocked down Mr Corder is believed to be a black or dark blue Jaguar. The suspect has been described as a white man in his mid 20s to mid 30s, with dark hair and wearing a white shirt.

Investigators have also widened the search into Essex as it is believed the Jaguar left at speed towards Holton St Mary and possibly further south.

Mr Corder, who is in his 50s, remains critical but stable after being airlifted to hospital in London with life-threatening injuries following the incident in Benton Street at around 12.50pm on Sunday. His loved ones are keeping a vigil by his bedside.

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Mr Corder, who has three sisters, was delivering copies of the October edition of the St Mary's Church magazine in Hadleigh, where he is a member, when the incident happened.

Earlier this week, the Very Rev Martin Thrower said Mr Corder had devoted much of his time to helping the church.

He said: “You want to do something more to help, but there's not much more we can do, but wait and pray. It is particularly traumatic because he really has encountered some serious injuries.”

He added: “His parents Maureen and Jeremy have been married for over 50 years and have lived in Hadleigh and brought up their children here for all their married life.”

The woman who first came upon the scene has also spoken of the “heinous crime”.

Katherine Mackay said: “The image of his poor broken body will not leave my mind for a long time. You would not leave an animal in that way, let alone a human being.”

Anyone with information is urged to call the Serious Collision Investigation Team at Suffolk police on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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