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Brighton hit and run driver heading to ram raid
A driver who left a woman with life-threatening injuries in a hit and run was on the way to ram raid a nearby shop, police believe.
Michelle Greest, 29, from Portslade, was knocked down by a speeding VW Passat in Kings Road, Brighton, at about 4.45am on Sunday, July 15 .
About 15 minutes later a car was used in a ram raid on a flooring shop in Trafalgar Road, Portslade.
Officers are now “fairly certain” that the same vehicle was involved in both incidents.
A man dressed in dark clothing was seen loading pallets of wooden flooring from the store into a car before driving off towards Old Shoreham Road.
The suspect left the back door open and a number of boards fell out as he sped off.
The car shed further boards in Locks Hill and was spotted jumping red lights at Hove Park.
It was found later that morning abandoned in Amherst Crescent, Hove.
While police were searching for the car, two men in a small white vehicle were seen at the flooring shop loading more of the wood.
Detectives are unsure if they were connected to the original raid or just opportunist thieves.
One of the suspects was white, in his late 40s to 50s, wearing a grey jumper with a black stripe across the middle and black tracksuit bottoms.
The second man was in his 30s, wearing a pale-coloured T-shirt, jeans and white trainers.
Ms Greest, who is being treated at the specialist head injuries unit at Hurstwood Park Hospital in Haywards Heath, is now recovering and her injuries are no longer thought to be life-threatening.
However, police say her injuries are likely to affect her for a long time.
Detective Sergeant Leon Ryan said: “This is a remarkable sequence of events but having located the VW Passat we are now fairly certain that it was the vehicle involved in the hit and run incident in Brighton.
“Someone, somewhere, may well have a new floor or have been offered one at an attractive price.
“If you’ve any suspicions I’d like to hear from you.
“I am determined that we find whoever did this to Michelle and I would urge anyone with information to contact us on 101, quoting Operation Claywood.”
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