UPDATE: Alleged hit and run victim improves

PUBLISHED: 13:27 23 June 2011 | UPDATED: 14:38 23 June 2011

Police at the scene

Police at the scene

Archant

THE condition of a man who suffered life-threatening injuries after an alleged attempted murder in Weston has improved.

An 18-year-old driver was arrested today (Thurs), following a suspected hit and run in the early hours of this morning, at the junction of Alexandra Parade and Camden Terrace.

Police were called to Weston General Hospital at 2.30am to reports of a man suffering with a serious head injury following the collision.

The incident happened at the junction of Alexandra Parade and Camden Terrace. The victim is not from the area and his condition has improved this afternoon.

The driver of the vehicle has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and three other people have been arrested on suspicion of assault.

"I was shocked as normally it’s not a bad area"

Concerned business owner, Emma Dunford.

The cordon has now been removed and blood is being cleaned off the shattered glass at Infinity Hair & Beauty Studio in Alexandra Parade.

Shop owners along Alexandra Parade say they were not expecting to be surrounded by yet another crime scene, just 10 weeks after the area was cordoned off after a suspected armed robbery at nearby Miss Millies.

Co–owner of Infinity Hair & Beauty Studio, Emma Dunford, said she first heard of the news when members of staff began calling her this morning.

The 30-year-old said: “When I arrived the shop was cordoned off and I had no idea what was going on at first, but the police were very good at keeping us updated.

“I was shocked as normally it’s not a bad area.”

Forensic investigations were carried out at the shop, and one side of the business is still open for trade.

Robert Stark, who has owned Weston Angling Centre for 25 years, said he was not surprised to hear of the alleged attempted murder.

The 47-year-old said: “This is not good news and I hope the guy is okay.

“When I first got to work I thought maybe there had been a stabbing.

“Given there was an apparent incident with a gun around here not so long ago nothing surprises me anymore.

“The area just gets worse and worse and people get fed up with it.

“It’s so sad to see a nice town like Weston be allowed to get like this.

“Things need to change.”

Prem Sanker, from Aarthiee Supermarket, said: “I got to work at about 7.30am and was surprised to see all the police tape near my shop.

“It wasn’t that long ago something else was going on in this area – why here?”

Did you see this incident or do you know the man in hospital? email pippa.chambers@archant.co.uk

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