Search continues in Suffolk

A MAN wanted in connection with a hit and run smash in Sheffield which resulted in the death of a war hero could be in Suffolk, detectives admitted today.

A MAN wanted in connection with a hit and run smash in Sheffield which resulted in the death of a war hero could be in Suffolk, detectives admitted today.

South Yorkshire police are hunting for Ming Guo Chen, who they believe may have crucial evidence relating to the accident which claimed the life of 85-year-old Wilf Sarjeant.

In May, officers from the force's Road Death Investigation Unit descended on two restaurants in Suffolk - the Szechuan Inn in Brantham and the Saigon in Felixstowe, where they interviewed staff in relation to the enquiry.

A spokesman for the South Yorkshire force, which has already carried out similar raids in London, Newcastle, Leeds, Wakefield and Sunderland, said investigations were continuing.


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The spokesman added: “Chen may still be in Suffolk.”

Mr Sarjeant, a pedestrian, died when he was struck by a silver VW Passat in Sheffield's Elm Lane shortly before 9.40pm on February 1.

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The vehicle, which bore the number plate V389 NAD, was later found abandoned in the city's Grange Mill Lane.

Detectives are also keen to speak to a woman called Xue Ling Weng.

Inspector Steve Askham today said: “Some very positive lines of inquiry have emerged following the visit to Suffolk, but we appeal to anyone with information on Chen's whereabouts to contact the force.

“This collision claimed the life of an 85-year-old man who was a loved and respected father.

“This was made even more tragic by the fact that the driver of the vehicle involved did not even stop at the scene.

“We have had some excellent co-operation in working with Suffolk police but need anyone with information to contact us.”

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