POLICE have insisted they did secure key evidence after a man was knocked down outside a Huddersfield pub.
John Gibson, 35, was left with critical injuries after a suspected hit and run in Milnsbridge.
Mr Gibson was run over outside The Royal pub in Milnsbridge in the early hours of April 4 – but his ex-partner, Michelle Whittall, slammed the police for their slow investigation.
Ms Whittall, who is mother to Mr Gibson’s two sons, said police failed to launch inquiries into the incident because the investigating officer had taken six days off for the Easter bank holiday weekend.
She said she was worried key evidence had been lost and said she knew officers had not interviewed important witnesses.
Mr Gibson, known as Gibbie to friends and family, suffered critical injuries and was on life-support at Leeds General Infirmary.
He is now recovering well at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.
Yesterday, police said they had received a significant response to their appeal for information.
They said the investigating officer had obtained several witness accounts which were helping them piece together the events that took place at the time of the collision and in the immediate aftermath.
And they revealed officers had spoken to Mr Gibson in hospital on the evening following the collision and updated him on the progress of the investigation.
Chief Insp Neil Hunter, Head of Roads Policing at West Yorkshire Police, said: “This has been a challenging investigation as when officers first attended the scene there were no obvious witnesses to what had happened and due to his injuries Mr Gibson was unable to give an immediate account.
“An arrest was made later the same night and the vehicle suspected to have been involved, a Nissan Micra, was also recovered.
“The suspect that was arrested was released on police bail to allow further enquiries and trace witnesses to accurately establish what had taken place. The investigating officers have identified several witnesses both from their own enquiries and from the press release and have also recovered other evidence to assist the enquiry.
“Significant progress has now been made in this investigation.
“I am aware of some initial concerns that were raised about the police response but I can provide assurance that evidence has been secured and that regular updates on the investigation are being provided to Mr Gibson and his immediate family.
“I would again ask anyone who witnessed the incident and who has yet to come forward to call Pc Andrew Howarth of the Southern Area Roads Policing Unit on 101.”