POLICE are still on the hunt for the driver of a red Ford Focus following a hit and run in Wollescote which put children in hospital on Monday morning (September 12).

A two-year-old girl, a three-year-old boy and a three-year-old girl, as well as two female adults, all suffered injuries in the crash on Hob Green Road.

Shortly after the crash, which took place at about 9am, police put out an appeal to try and find the driver of the red Ford Focus C-Max which was involved in the hit and run.

Sergeant Ross Treacy, of Dudley Police, said: “This could have been much more serious and we are working hard to trace the driver.

“I want to hear from anyone who saw the crash or witnesses who may have seen the car in question leaving the scene after it happened.

“I would also appeal directly to the driver to do the right thing and come forward.”

A spokesman for the police said the driver is still outstanding, but efforts are “on-going” to trace them.

Speaking on Monday, headteacher of nearby Hob Green Primary School, which is not connected to the crash, Stuart Brown said: “We are extremely shocked by today’s incident.

“We are providing support in the school for children and staff who witnessed the incident and our thoughts and best wishes are with those who were injured.”

Cradley and Wollescote Councillor Gaye Partridge told the news that she thinks the incident runs much deeper than speeding.

She said: “Obviously we are very upset and shocked by what has happened. Several families have contacted me and it is a very concerning time for the whole community. Feelings are currently running very high.

“There are some real issues facing the community at the moment and I don’t think the issue is related to speed limits.

“There are problems with antisocial behaviour, problems concerning substance abuse on a wider scale and these all link to mental health issues.

“If speed is the problem in this case, then that would be something which would be easier to deal with, but I think the matter runs much deeper.”

Anyone who has information about the driver of the car that could help police, should call 101, or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.