A SCHOOLBOY was knocked from his bike in a hit-and-run collision on Tuesday evening.

The 12-year-old cyclist was riding along Station Road in West Moors, near the Tesco Express store, at around 8.50pm when the crash occurred.

The driver of the vehicle, which like the boy was travelling towards Ferndown, did not stop at the scene to check on the welfare of the boy, who was left lying on the ground.

Fortunately he did not sustain serious injuries.

Police Constable Austin Kinnane of East Dorset police said: “Fortunately the victim only suffered minor injuries and, with help from a member of the public, was able to make his way home.

“We are making a number of enquiries into this incident, including a trawl of CCTV footage in the area."

Parish council chairman Penny Yeo said she was "very shocked and upset" about the news.

"Only last year we put signs up around there to remind drivers to please take care," she said.

"We had had a few comments about drivers getting a bit close to cyclists, particularly children cycling to school.

"It is well lit around there I can't see any reason you would hit a cyclist and to drive off without stopping I think is very, very bad."

Contact the force with information on 101 quoting reference 55170154610, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.