Cyclist injured in alleged hit-and-run following collision with car in Gateshead

A cyclist has been taken to hospital after a suspected hit and run in Gateshead.

Emergency crews attended the scene after the collision just before 2pm on Askew Road, Gateshead, near the junction with the Redheugh Bridge. Northumbria Police believe the driver of the car then left the scene.

A force spokesman said an investigation into the incident was ongoing.

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The woman was taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle, but her injuries are not believed to be serious.

A Northumbria Police spokesman said: ‘Shortly before 2pm today police received a report that a cyclist had been injured while traveling on Askew Road, Gateshead, near the junction with the Redheugh Bridge. It was reported that a female cyclist was hit by a passing car, which then drove off.

“The woman is said to have suffered non-serious injuries, but emergency services are present. Officers are also at the scene to establish the circumstances of the incident.

“Askew Road westbound has been closed from the junction with Mulgrave Terrace and local diversions are in place.”

A North East Ambulance Service spokeswoman added: ‘We have dispatched an ambulance crew and transported a patient to RVI for further treatment.

Anyone with information can call 101 or use the Tell Us Something page on the Northumbria Police website quoting log NP-20220318-0547.