Detectives have released CCTV footage of the moment a car deliberately struck a pedestrian in a ‘hit and run’ collision in Luton two weeks ago, in an attempt to identify the driver.
The incident, which happened in Radnor Road at 11pm on June 12, is being investigated by the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit along with another incident on Sunday May 25th.
Both incidents are now being treated as attempted murder and detectives are potentially linking them based on information that has come to light following earlier public appeals.
DCI Jason Gordon, who is leading both investigations, said the Major Crime Unit is working on the basis that the offenders involved are from the same group.
He said: “The victims in both these incidents are lucky to be alive.
“They both narrowly escaped very serious injury and it is clear the offenders on both occasions meant to cause serious harm.”
“We are re-appealing for the publics’ help again as the CCTV could potentially unlock these investigations.
“There are clear links between the two incidents, even though they happened two weeks apart.
“There will be people living in the community who know who is responsible and now they are being treated as attempt murder will I hope make people realise this is serious and come forward.”
The incident in Radnor Road happened at around 11pm on June 12 when a 24-year-old pedestrian was hit by a car which carried him towards St Dominic’s Square.
The car, thought to be a Seat Leon, did not stop.
The shooting on May 25 happened in Addington Way at approximately 1.30am.
The victim, aged 18 was walking with friends when two masked people appeared and shot him in the back.
Anyone with information relating to this crime can contact the Major Crime Unit, in confidence, on 01480 422791, or Bedfordshire Police on 101, or text information to 07786 200011.
Alternatively you can contact the independent crime fighting charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.