Family of man hit by car appeals for witnesses

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Family of man hit by car appeals for witnesses

5th October 2010

The family of a Manchester man left with serious head injuries after he was allegedly mowed down by a car, has appealed for anyone who witnessed the incident to come forward.

Neil Shackleton, 36, remains in a critical condition in hospital following the injuries he sustained more than three months ago. Now, lawyers representing Mr Shackleton, his partner Jennifer Gorse and their four-year-old daughter are urging anyone who witnessed the incident to help them as they begin their fight for justice.

"Neil had been out with a group of friends to watch England's World Cup game on 18 June," said Miss Gorse, speaking from the family home in Manchester. "There was a group of friends, and following the match four of them ended up in the Jolly Hatter pub in Denton at around 11.30 that night."

The Jolly Hatter is located in Stockport Road, near Crown Point, close to the centre of Denton. Richard Crabtree, a brain injury specialist with Fentons Solicitors LLP, representing the family, explained how Mr Shackleton and some friends left the pub shortly after 2am, planning to return to the house of another friend in Denton.

"As they left the Jolly Hatter, there was a group of people standing near the pub and another group on the opposite side of the road," said Mr Crabtree.

"When arguing between the two groups escalated into fighting, Neil and his friends - who were not involved - decided to leave the area and began to head to nearby taxis.

"As Neil crossed the road to join up with his friends, a white Audi A3 vehicle sped across both lanes of the carriageway and struck him."

Although the driver sped off, he was later identified by police and has been charged with causing grievous bodily harm.

Miss Gorse said she hoped anyone who saw the incident would now get in touch. "We are urging anyone who might have helpful information about the incident - no matter how small or insignificant they think it might be - to come forward."

Mr Crabtree explained that due to the ongoing criminal prosecution of the driver, he and his legal team were not able access police files regarding the incident at this time.

"In order to secure Neil the specialist care he needs, we urgently need anyone who witnessed the incident to get in touch so that we can help Neil and his family win justice."

Can you help?
If you remember seeing the incident in Stockport Road, Denton, shortly after 2am on Saturday, 19 June 2010, please contact Richard Crabtree or David Roberts at Fentons Solicitors LLP on 0161 238 6400 or e-mail or

All information will be treated in the strictest confidence, and any detail could be hugely important to Neil's case.

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