A police sergeant has thanked the public of Wem for their help following a serious hit and run on the outskirts of the town.

Sergeant Claire Greenaway was off-duty when she came across the road-traffic collision involving a Suzuki King Quad 4x4 motorcycle and a vehicle, which failed to stop, on B5063, near Horton, at around 4.10pm on Friday, November 3.

A man in his 20s, who was a pillion passenger without a helmet, suffered serious head injuries and was taken to Stoke Hospital where he remains in a serious condition.

It is believed the driver of the vehicle that failed to stop was driving very close to the white line in the centre of the lane, causing the motorbike to swerve and the pillion passenger to fall off and hit his head on the road.

Sgt Greenaway took to social media to thank members of the public who stopped to help and said an appeal for witnesses has been launched.

She added: “If you have witnessed or have any information regarding the collision please contact West Mercia Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, stating incident number 0643S 031117.”