A CYCLIST suffered a broken collarbone and chest injuries in a hit and run in Padiham.

The incident took place at around 5.50pm on Monday on Barrowford Road (A6068).

The victim, a man in his 40s, had been cycling towards Nelson when he was hit from behind by a vehicle.

The rider was thrown from his bike and landed at the side of the road and suffered serious injuries.

He was taken to Royal Preston Hospital. The driver failed to stop.

Police are appealing for information and understand a motorist who witnessed the collision did stop but left before officers arrived.

PC Simon Grounds said: “We are investigating a hit and run in Padiham which has left a cyclist seriously injured.

“We would appeal to anyone who saw what happened or has any relevant information to come forward. Were you driving on the bypass between 5.45pm and 5.50pm? If you have any dashboard mounted camera footage it could be vital to our investigation.

“We understand a driver did stop briefly at the scene before leaving – if this was you, we would like to speak to as soon as possible.”

Anyone with information can contact police on 101 or email 4134@lancashire.pnn.police.uk quoting log 0995 of November 23.