OFFICERS are appealing for witnesses after a hit-and-run driver left a teenager with a broken leg.

The 13-year-old pedestrian had stumbled into the road when he was struck by a vehicle on Front Street, in Great Lumley, at 8.30pm on Friday.

The small black vehicle, which was travelling from Great Lumley towards Chester-le-Street, did not stop at the scene following the collision.

The boy was taken to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary where he received treatment for a broken leg.

A Durham Police spokesperson said: “We would like to speak to anyone who witnessed the collision, or anyone who may have seen a small, black vehicle in the area at the time of the incident.

“We do not know what the make or model of the vehicle was, but believe it could have been a black Toyota Yaris or something similar.”

Anyone with information should contact Durham Police on 101, quoting incident number 427 of October 18.