CCTV to help find hit and run driver

Joanne and Paul Davis, who was killed in 2008 in Corporation Road.
Joanne and Paul Davis, who was killed in 2008 in Corporation Road.

Four years on, police are confident that they will now find the driver responsible for the death of a father-of-two in a hit and run.

Head of roads policing in Derbyshire, Chf Insp Steve Wilson, said that new technology will be the key to tracing the driver who struck Paul Davis, 37, just yards from his home in 2008.

The force has released CCTV footage from the night of Sunday August 10, which shows a car with a logo on its side which stops, turns around and drives off along Hallam Fields Road at 2.15am.

During a press briefing last week at the spot where machinist Mr Davis was killed, Chf Insp Wilson said that new technology has made the image of the car clearer in the footage and advances in forensics could bring vital new clues.

But he said he still needs help from the public.

“We are hoping the anniversary will be a fresh opportunity for people with information to come forward,” he said.

“And it might be that people’s circumstances have changedand they are now in a position to come forard.

“With the passage of time, perhaps this has been playing on someone’s conscience – someone has lived with information about what happened to Paul for four years.”

He added that a new team of officers are on the case, ‘who will investigate this enquiry with a fresh pair of eyes’.

Mr Davis’s family released a new statement this week saying he was ‘a much-loved son, brother and father’.

“Our lives have been turned upside-down by Paul’s death. He was such a great, caring person and our lives will never be the same because of his loss.

“Please stop and think if you were in the area at the time he was killed. We would be eternally grateful if you came forward and spoke to the police. All we want is justice for Paul so that he can rest in peace.

Anyone with information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Click here to view the new CCTV footage police have released.

And click here to view Chf Insp Steve Wilson’s appeal in Corporation Road last week.