A 22-YEAR-OLD Stourbridge cyclist was lucky to avoid serious injuries when he was knocked off his bike in a hit and run on the way to work in Brierley Hill.

Joshua Didlick had been cycling to work at The Range at the intu Merry Hill shopping centre along his usual route ahead of an early morning start when he was hit by a red Range Rover Evoque at the traffic junction by the Corn Exchange pub just before 6am last Friday (September 4).

The young shop worker, who cycles to work every day, is believed to have gone flying over the bonnet of the vehicle which failed to stop.

His worried parents Marie and Andre Didlick reported the incident to police and Josh was taken to Russells Hall Hospital as a precaution - having suffered bruising and pain.

Mum Marie Didlick said immediately after the crash: "He's in a lot of pain, shock and has got a lot of bruises and will feel worse before better but luckily nothing was broken."

She thanked those who stopped to help after the incident and urged anyone with information about the driver to contact police.

Police have confirmed the incident was reported but have released no further details.

Mr Didlick's parents believe the Range Rover is registered to a trade organisation rather than a private individual and Andre said of the incident: "I just don't know how you could do that to somebody."

Joshua's prized Carrera mountain bike was damaged in the incident which has left him unable to attend work this week.

Anyone with information about the incident can contact police on 101 or via Live Chat on the West Midlands Police website - or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.