Officers praised for investigation

Police officers Chris Simcock, Darren Pope, Jason Clark, Gary Wilson have been commended by the chief constable for their investigation into a fatal hit and run in New Mills.
Police officers Chris Simcock, Darren Pope, Jason Clark, Gary Wilson have been commended by the chief constable for their investigation into a fatal hit and run in New Mills.

Four officers have been commended by the chief constable for their investigation into a fatal hit and run in New Mills.

Retired Detective Sergeant Jason Clark, Detective Sergeant Christopher Simcock, Detective Constable Gary Wilson and Inspector Darren Pope received their awards at a ceremony at police headquarters on Tuesday.

Officers from the force’s collision investigation unit and Buxton CID launched a joint inquiry when a Keith Ambrey, of Stockport, was discovered with fatal injuries on a main road in New Mills on March 23 last year.

Tragically, he had missed his train stop and was walking home when he stumbled and fell into the carriageway and was struck by a 4x4.

The driver, Joseph Wild, 74 at the time, moved the victim’s body to the side of the road and continued on his journey home.

Officers pieced together evidence from witnesses and CCTV footage and traced him to his farmhouse 12 hours 
later.

He was prosecuted for causing death by careless driving and failing to report a collision, following a guilty plea and received a sentence of 17 months’ imprisonment.

Passing sentence in March this year, Judge Gosling told Derby Crown Court: ““You made a conscious decision to drive off, confident that you would not be traced and if you were you could maintain the lie,” said Judge Gosling.

“It absolutely beggars belief you could leave Mr Ambrey where he was and you could drive home, make no call to anyone and go to bed.”