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Police hunt driver after 3 injured in hit-and-run in West Malling High Street

Three women have been mown down in a hit-and-run in West Malling.

The collision happened in the High Street by the former Ghandi restaurant this afternoon and one of the victims has been flown to a London hospital with serious injuries.

Emergency services at the scene last night

Another woman has been taken to a local hospital while it is believed the third was treated at the scene.

Police were called just after 4pm to reports that a black or dark blue Ford Fiesta had collided with the group on a pedestrian crossing.

The Fiesta left the area towards East Malling and officers and South East Coast Ambulance Service are currently at the scene where the road is closed.

Nearby residents and business staff were quickly on the scene to help.

"I didn't see it, I just saw loads of people running out so I ran out," said one man who helped the victims, adding: "There were three women on the crossing - probably middle aged. The car sped off and went down Swan Street driving erratically.

Three people have been injured. Picture: Alex Jee
Three people have been injured. Picture: Alex Jee

"There was a helicopter in the air but I'm not sure if it was police or the air ambulance.

"One of them had a badly broken leg," he added. "I was applying pressure to the wounds on her head."

Another witness said there were three police cars and four ambulance at the scene and the air ambulance had landed nearby.

CID officers are also believed to be on the scene, and efforts are continuing to locate the Ford Fiesta and the driver.

Inspector Matthew Burdekin of the Tonbridge and Malling Community Safety Unit said: "Three people have been injured in this incident and I would urge the driver of the Ford Fiesta to contact us as quickly as possible."

Police at the scene in West Malling. Picture: Angela Withers
Police at the scene in West Malling. Picture: Angela Withers

The road is closed in both directions.

Anyone with information should call Kent Police on 01622 604 100, quoting reference 11-0947.

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111 or completing the online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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