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10 August 2012, 08:13
Derbyshire police are to reinvestigate the case of an Ilkeston man who died following a hit-and-run four years on from his death.
Officers from the force’s Collision Investigation Unit have relaunched the inquiry into the death of father-of-two Paul Davis.
Mr Davis, 37, of Corporation Road, Ilkeston, was found lying in the road not far from his home in the early hours of Sunday, August 10, 2008.
He was taken to the QMC where he was pronounced dead. A post mortem showed he died from internal injuries and police believe he had been in collision with a vehicle.
The driver of the vehicle did not remain at the scene and the vehicle has never been traced.
An inquest held in 2009 ruled Mr Davis had been unlawfully killed.
Chief Inspector Steve Wilson, head of Roads Policing, said: “Following a thorough review of unsolved cases we have reopened the investigation into Mr Davis’ death. We hope that new forensic capabilities and other technological advances will help us to find out what happened that night.
“We chose the anniversary of his death to restart the inquiry as we hope it may encourage someone to come forward.
“We want to appeal to anyone who has any information about the incident, even if you felt it was insignificant at the time.
“Someone you know may have been acting unusual around the time of Mr Davis’ death and may display similar behaviour following this appeal.
“Your circumstances may have changed in the last four years and you may now be in a position to come forward. Any information you have could be vital.
“Mr Davis was a hard working family man and what happened to him was a tragedy and a terrible loss for his family and friends.”
“Someone out there knows what happened and I would appeal to you to come forward and help us find some answers for the family.”
Officers have also released CCTV images of a car they are keen to trace which was seen in Hallam Fields Road at around 2.15am on the night of Paul’s death.
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C/Insp Wilson added: “We would like to speak to the driver of the car as part of our inquiries. This person may have valuable information.”
More than 11,000 leaflets are being produced and will be delivered to every household in Ilkeston.
Posters will also be distributed to all pubs and clubs in the area as well as taxi offices in the Ilkeston and Nottingham areas.
Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Sergeant Jason Clark from the Collision Investigation Unit on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.