Transit link in hit-and-run hunt

POLICE believe tragic hit-and-run victim Wayne Goode was killed by a Ford Transit.The 28-year-old father-of-one was knocked down and left to die after celebrating the New Year in the Saracen's Head pub in Newton Green, near Sudbury.

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POLICE believe tragic hit-and-run victim Wayne Goode was killed by a Ford Transit.

The 28-year-old father-of-one was knocked down and left to die after celebrating the New Year in the Saracen's Head pub in Newton Green, near Sudbury.

Accident investigation experts scouring the site have identified the vehicle involved through debris found at the scene.

Police are now hunting Ford Transit vehicles, including vans, pick-ups, flat beds and minibuses.

The expert investigation has also revealed the vehicle was manufactured sometime between 1986 and 1991, including D, E, F, G, H and J-registered models.

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Mr Goode's family made an emotional appeal for information last week to help piece together the last moments of his life.

Police and ambulance services received a call just before 3am on New Year's Day reporting a man's body lying in the road near the Wyevale Garden Centre in Great Cornard.

Mr Goode, who had left the New Year's Eve bash at the Saracen's Head about two hours earlier, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Senior investigating officer detective inspector Harold Hayward said calls had been received from the public, but appealed for further help.

He said: "Although encouraged by the amount of calls we have received, we still believe there were other people in the area who may be able to help us with our inquiries.

"The vehicle we believe will have sustained damage to the front nearside indicator/headlamp assembly, front grill and nearside door mirror.

"We would appeal to anybody who suspects they know the driver or the vehicle involved in this incident to contact us urgently, whether they be family, friends or neighbours."

Anyone with any information should call police on 01473 613730 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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