Police appeal for hit and run witnesses

Police are still appealing for witnesses to a hit and run smash which killed a Goldthorpe grandad.

A service was held on Tuesday morning at Ardsley Crematorium for the family and friends of 56-year-old Peter Topping.

Investigating officers believe that Mr Topping was lying on Co-operative Street, Goldthorpe, at around 8.15pm on Thursday, December 29, when a vehicle drove over him causing serious injuries. He was rushed to hospital, but staff there were unable to save him.

The vehicle failed to stop at the scene and is thought to have turned into Doncaster Road.

In the last few days, local police have been handing out hundreds of leaflets to residents living in and around Co-operative Street, appealing for anyone with information to come forward. A number of posters have also been distributed to public places in the area.

Sgt Andy Noble, from South Yorkshire Police’s Serious Collisions Unit, said: “We’d like anyone with information about why Mr Topping was lying in the road or anyone who saw him there to contact us.

“We’re also keen to trace possible witnesses who were in a dark-coloured 4x4 and silver-coloured hatchback or estate-type vehicles. Both of these cars were seen leaving Co-operative Street at around 8.15pm that Thursday night.”

Anyone with information should contact South Yorkshire Police on 101 and quote incident number 779 of 29 December, 2011, or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.