A SOCIAL club customer was left lying in the road with his leg bleeding heavily after a hit-and-run incident with a quad bike.

The 38-year-old man was injured as he went to go in Acre Rigg Social Club in Peterlee at around 7.30pm on Saturday.

Club stewardess Christine Hotham said: “One of his friends came in and asked for a first aider so I went outside and saw all of the blood.

“There was quite a lot of it. I would say that he’s lost a fair few pints.

“He was still conscious. I think he was more shocked than anything. To be fair he was quite calm but I think he was in a state of shock.”

Ms Hotham said the road is not well lit and the bike did not have lights on.

She said: “It must have just clipped him. He did not know what actually had happened. He just knew that he had been hit.

“I wrapped his leg in a towel and applied pressure then elevated his leg above his heart.

“He is a lovely lad. We are all wishing him a speedy recovery and we hope they catch the people responsible.”

The man, from Blackhall, was taken to hospital and has undergone an operation on his leg.

Officers from Durham Constabulary are investigating the incident.

A force spokeswoman said: “Police were called to reports of a collision outside of Acre Rigg Social Club on Lowhills Road in Peterlee at around 7.30pm on Saturday.

“It is believed the victim was walking along the path when he was struck by a quad bike.”

To help with the investigation call police 101.