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Police appeal as Paisley hit-and-run puts reader in hospital

Alun Gifford sustained broken collarbone and other injuries in incident early on Saturday morning

A reader from Scotland was the victim of a suspected hit and run in the early hours of Saturday morning, resulting in him sustaining a broken collarbone and head injuries and needing surgery.

Alun Gifford, who has had videos of close passes published in our Near Miss of the Day series, was found lying in Glasgow Road, Paisley at 0430 hours on Saturday 14 September after people living nearby heard a bang and went to investigate.

Yesterday evening, Alun emailed us a link to an STV report of the incident as he waited to be operated on for his injuries.

He said: “As a wee point of interest I’m the victim! Currently in hospital awaiting my op for the shoulder.

“Pulled muscles etc in hip region, bruised ribs, loads of road rash on left side. No idea what state bike is as at station but all kit destroyed.

“Apart from all that I seem to be doing well!”

All of us at wish Alun a very speedy recovery from his injuries.

Inspector Tracy Harkins of Paisley Police Office appealed for information that could help officers piece together what happened.

She said: '"We are unsure at this time what type of vehicle was involved in the accident and it may be that the driver is unaware that he struck the cyclist.

"It is imperative that anyone driving in Glasgow Road around the time in question comes forward if they recall seeing the victim on his bike or if they observed the accident occurring.

"Thankfully the victim appears to be making a good recovery, however, he is still detained in hospital receiving treatment.”

Anyone with information is requested to contact Police Scotland on 101 quoting incident number 0781 of 14 September, or the charity, Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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