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Car recovered after hit and run leaves man in critical condition in hospital

Police are hunting the driver and occupants of a car which has left a man in his 20s in a critical condition in hospital.

Police are appealing for witnesses following the hit and run road in Crossmaglen early this morning.

It was reported that shortly before 6.20am a man was struck by a car in Cardinal O’Fiaich Square.

He was taken to hospital for treatment for serious injuries and is currently in a critical condition in the Royal Victoria in Belfast.

A blue coloured Volkswagen Passat, believed to have been involved, has been recovered by police from the area of the market in Crossmaglen.

Inspector Denise Graham is appealing for anyone who was in the centre of Crossmaglen early this morning and who witnessed the collision, or anyone with any information about the movements of the offending car or its occupants following the collision to contact officers in Newry on 101 quoting reference number 488 of 27/12/16.

She said: “Information can also be passed anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

Meanwhile, Slieve Gullion Sinn Féin Cllr Terry Hearty has said the local community were horrified of this morning’s events.

“We are all deeply shocked and horrified to hear that a young man is critically ill,” he said.

“Details sourrounding the incident are unclear. Police are investigating and anyone with information should contact them. Meanwhile our thoughts and prayers are with this young man and his family.”

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