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Hit-and-run car caught on CCTV colliding with van

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: February 13, 2014

  • Dale Jackson with his damaged van. CCTV footage shows it being hit.

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A HAYLE man's own CCTV system captured a car smashing into his parked van in the middle of the night before driving off.

Dale Jackson said his work van was badly damaged when a red Ford Ka turned a corner on narrow St John's Street and crashed directly into the side of it.

The incident, which happened in the early hours of Friday, was caught by a CCTV camera which he had installed two years ago after a spate of criminal damage in the area.

He posted the video online – and within hours a friend got in touch to say the car involved had been spotted in Marazion on Friday morning.

The video was viewed more than 6,000 times in two days.

Mr Jackson, 44, said: "I had a lot of response. I now have the contact details of the driver and I located the car at a scrapyard. I want to thank people who came forward with information."

Mr Jackson, who also runs Cornwall Coastal Campers, said he knew nothing about the incident until a neighbour knocked on his door at 8.30am to tell him that his van had been damaged.

He reviewed his camera footage and discovered the images, which indicated the vehicle had a black bonnet and that the driver had dropped a blonde girl off nearby shortly before the incident.

"He's dropped somebody off, hit my car and disappeared," he said. "I've since heard he hit two other vehicles after mine that night. I'm concerned he could have killed someone, the way he was driving."

Mr Jackson said his white Toyota van suffered extensive damage which was likely to cost him more than £1,500.

He has taken a sledgehammer to the dent and replaced the bumper so that it is roadworthy until he has further details.

"I'm pretty annoyed about it; it's my livelihood," he said. "I can't have the van written off because I need it for work."

The CCTV camera mounted on Mr Jackson's house has caught several incidents in the past including vandals smashing a car window with a plant pot and damage to several vehicles' wing mirrors.

A spokeswoman for Devon and Cornwall Police confirmed that the car had been identified and there was a suspect.

"The collisions unit has been sent the details," she said.

"At this stage inquiries are ongoing."

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