Car involvedin incident yesterday later found abandoned and on fire

Greater Manchester Police have issued an urgent witness appeal after a hit-and-run incident yesterday afternoon left a male cyclist with what have been described as "horrific life-changing injuries."

The 22-year-old cyclist was struck by the car – a red Daihatsu Sirion with the registration number YX03 YFD – at 2.30pm on Greenford Way, Leigh.

The vehicle was later found abandoned and on fire in Hooten Lane, according to a statement from the force.

Senior Investigating Officer, Police Sergeant Lee Westhead, who is based at the Road Policing Unit at Leigh, said: "This collision has left a man with horrific life-changing injuries and the driver left the scene without any regard for the condition the cyclist was in.

"I am sure the community will want to support us in bringing this driver to justice and I appeal to anyone who has information about this collision or the car involved to contact me.

"I would also urge the driver to do the right thing, come forward and talk to us."

Anyone who has information is requested to call the Road Policing Unit in Leigh on 0161 856 7201 or the charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.