CCTV: £10,000 reward for information in hit-and-run death of pensioner Chris Colegate

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THE hunt for the hit-and-run killer of disabled granddad Christopher Colegate has taken a significant step forward, police say.

Officers working to track down the driver, who left the 69-year-old pedestrian for dead on a Poole street six months ago, have released details of the type of car they believe was involved – a light-coloured VW Golf Mark 4.

Bournemouth Echo:

They’ve also issued an increased £10,000 reward in a bid to bring the killer to justice, and made public CCTV footage of Mr Colegate, captured just seconds before the fatal collision at the junction of Darby’s Lane and Heath Avenue.

Mr Colegate, from Poole, suffered multiple injuries after being struck on Friday December 13, last year.

Police were alerted by a member of the public at 7.25pm. Mr Colegate, who walked with a distinctive stoop and used a stick, died of his injuries later in Poole Hospital.

Following the latest development, Mr Colegate’s daughter Tash Motton said: “We need justice for dad because he didn’t deserve this.”

Police Sergeant Stuart Pitman gives updates on the case and Chris Colegate's daughter Tash Motton gives an interview

She’s also desperate to prevent another potential tragedy. “If they can do it once and think they’ve got away with it,” she said, “they could quite easily do this again to someone else’s family.”

 CCTV of the car police are looking for travelling along Heath Avenue

Oakdale Conservative Club, where Mr Colegate was heading for when he was mowed down, has also offered an additional £1,000 for information.

Dorset Police Sergeant Stuart Pitman said: “Six months have now passed since this tragic incident that happened, two weeks before Christmas, when Mr Chris Colegate was run down by a vehicle in Heath Avenue and left for dead.

“Over the last six months the investigation team has been working tirelessly, seeking expert opinion, visiting various vehicles and persons to eliminate them from the investigation.”

‘So difficult for us all to adjust’

“IN A heartbeat, our lives changed forever.”

Those are the words of Chris Colegate’s daughter Tash Motton almost six months to the day after her father was killed by a callous hit and run driver who left him dying in the road.

She said “someone has to know” who is responsible for the death of Mr Colgate, a frail pensioner who walked using a stick.

“This driver might have told someone else what they have done,” she said.

“That means it’s a burden for someone else. I understand how hard it must be to make the decision to tell the police if it’s a loved one who has done this. But that means the second person is part of this crime too.”

Mr Colegate had been married to wife Freda for almost 48 years before his death last December.

“It’s been so difficult for all of us to adjust,” said Tash.

“He was a mad Arsenal fan, and he wasn’t there to see them win the FA Cup this year. It felt like they lifted the trophy for dad.”

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11:55am Fri 6 Jun 14

Isosceles says...

The ECHO said that these details would be on this website at 1100. My comment on this was swiftly removed (:o))
The ECHO said that these details would be on this website at 1100. My comment on this was swiftly removed (:o)) Isosceles
  • Score: 9

1:21pm Fri 6 Jun 14

adspacebroker says...

ECHO on another note...why do I click the play button to review the cctv of such a tragic and disgusting event and I am immediately confronted with car insurance adverts....ABSOLUTEL
Y TASTELESS AND APPALLING....WAKE UP!
ECHO on another note...why do I click the play button to review the cctv of such a tragic and disgusting event and I am immediately confronted with car insurance adverts....ABSOLUTEL Y TASTELESS AND APPALLING....WAKE UP! adspacebroker
  • Score: 29

1:51pm Fri 6 Jun 14

GarrySibbald says...

adspacebroker wrote:
ECHO on another note...why do I click the play button to review the cctv of such a tragic and disgusting event and I am immediately confronted with car insurance adverts....ABSOLUTEL

Y TASTELESS AND APPALLING....WAKE UP!
Whilst it is likely that the Daily Echo does not have control over the actual advert that is played at the beginning of each video I am pretty sure that the facility to choose whether to play an advert with each video is possible and would be appropriate in instances such as these. Daily Echo: could you comment on this please.
[quote][p][bold]adspacebroker[/bold] wrote: ECHO on another note...why do I click the play button to review the cctv of such a tragic and disgusting event and I am immediately confronted with car insurance adverts....ABSOLUTEL Y TASTELESS AND APPALLING....WAKE UP![/p][/quote]Whilst it is likely that the Daily Echo does not have control over the actual advert that is played at the beginning of each video I am pretty sure that the facility to choose whether to play an advert with each video is possible and would be appropriate in instances such as these. Daily Echo: could you comment on this please. GarrySibbald
  • Score: 16

2:21pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Huey says...

adspacebroker wrote:
ECHO on another note...why do I click the play button to review the cctv of such a tragic and disgusting event and I am immediately confronted with car insurance adverts....ABSOLUTEL

Y TASTELESS AND APPALLING....WAKE UP!
If the driver drove off coz they weren't insured, then the advert is quite apt dontcha think?
Anyway calm down there are worst things in life to be appalled at.
[quote][p][bold]adspacebroker[/bold] wrote: ECHO on another note...why do I click the play button to review the cctv of such a tragic and disgusting event and I am immediately confronted with car insurance adverts....ABSOLUTEL Y TASTELESS AND APPALLING....WAKE UP![/p][/quote]If the driver drove off coz they weren't insured, then the advert is quite apt dontcha think? Anyway calm down there are worst things in life to be appalled at. Huey
  • Score: -17

3:02pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

I'm not playing the game of watching rubbish 30 second adverts. This site is ruined with such gimmickery. It's always M and M's anyway.
Never again will I subject myself to such tosh.

Anyway, well done to the police for working out what car it was, 6 months later.
I'm not playing the game of watching rubbish 30 second adverts. This site is ruined with such gimmickery. It's always M and M's anyway. Never again will I subject myself to such tosh. Anyway, well done to the police for working out what car it was, 6 months later. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: -1

4:04pm Fri 6 Jun 14

HRH of Boscombe says...

adspacebroker wrote:
ECHO on another note...why do I click the play button to review the cctv of such a tragic and disgusting event and I am immediately confronted with car insurance adverts....ABSOLUTEL

Y TASTELESS AND APPALLING....WAKE UP!
The amount of adverts and banners on this site makes it look like it's for cheap dirty movies lol.
.
Only a matter of time until 'live jasmine' pops up when you want to comment!
[quote][p][bold]adspacebroker[/bold] wrote: ECHO on another note...why do I click the play button to review the cctv of such a tragic and disgusting event and I am immediately confronted with car insurance adverts....ABSOLUTEL Y TASTELESS AND APPALLING....WAKE UP![/p][/quote]The amount of adverts and banners on this site makes it look like it's for cheap dirty movies lol. . Only a matter of time until 'live jasmine' pops up when you want to comment! HRH of Boscombe
  • Score: 1

9:34am Sat 7 Jun 14

Carolyn43 says...

HRH of Boscombe wrote:
adspacebroker wrote:
ECHO on another note...why do I click the play button to review the cctv of such a tragic and disgusting event and I am immediately confronted with car insurance adverts....ABSOLUTEL


Y TASTELESS AND APPALLING....WAKE UP!
The amount of adverts and banners on this site makes it look like it's for cheap dirty movies lol.
.
Only a matter of time until 'live jasmine' pops up when you want to comment!
Whilst I agree that the adverts are really annoying and are inappropriate on a story like this, we aren't currently paying to read the Echo on line as we would if we bought the paper copy, and costs have to be covered somehow. I just don't watch the videos (my broadband's fairly slow anyway) as I wouldn't be watching videos in the paper edition.
[quote][p][bold]HRH of Boscombe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]adspacebroker[/bold] wrote: ECHO on another note...why do I click the play button to review the cctv of such a tragic and disgusting event and I am immediately confronted with car insurance adverts....ABSOLUTEL Y TASTELESS AND APPALLING....WAKE UP![/p][/quote]The amount of adverts and banners on this site makes it look like it's for cheap dirty movies lol. . Only a matter of time until 'live jasmine' pops up when you want to comment![/p][/quote]Whilst I agree that the adverts are really annoying and are inappropriate on a story like this, we aren't currently paying to read the Echo on line as we would if we bought the paper copy, and costs have to be covered somehow. I just don't watch the videos (my broadband's fairly slow anyway) as I wouldn't be watching videos in the paper edition. Carolyn43
  • Score: 6

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