Independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers is offering a reward of up to £3,000 for information that leads to the arrest and prosecution of a driver that killed a three year old boy in Darlington.
Danny Wake was returning from a trip to town with his mother, brother and another child at around 10.35am on Monday 4th November when it is believed that he strayed into the road and was hit by an unknown vehicle. The purpose of the trip was to collect a toy catalogue so that he could choose his Christmas presents.
The incident occurred near the junction of Neasham Road and Falmer Road, but the driver of the vehicle failed to stop and may not even be aware of what had happened.
Crimestoppers is offering a reward of up to £3,000 for information passed to the charity’s 0800 555 111 number that leads to an arrest and prosecution of the person responsible.
Kayren Winter, Danny’s mum, said: "We cannot begin to describe how difficult and painful the last three months have been for our family. Our lives changed forever on the 4th November last year when our beautiful little boy Danny was taken from us. What has made it so much harder is not knowing why this has happened. Three months later we still need answers to the questions we have. If anyone knows anything about what happened to Danny that day then please contact Crimestoppers."
Crimestoppers’ North East Regional Manager, Dave Hunter, said: “This is a heartbreaking time for Danny’s family as they continue to try to come to terms with his tragic death. They desperately need to know exactly what happened on that day. Crimestoppers would urge anyone with information to contact the charity anonymously, safe in the knowledge that no one will ever know you contacted us.”
If you have any information on this incident please contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through our anonymous online form.
*Note: Rewards will only be payable for information passed to Crimestoppers’ 0800 555 111 number. Information passed to police will not qualify.
For more information please contact Crimestoppers Media Officer Fiona Murton-Taylor on 0208 835 3752 or email Fiona.firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to Editors
- This reward is should not be published after 4th March 2014. Please contact the press office for updates after this date.
- Crimestoppers is an independent charity which helps the police to solve crimes, making communities safer. It does this by operating the 24/7 telephone number 0800 555 111 which people can ring to pass on information about crimes anonymously. They can also use our ‘giving information’ form via our website www.crimestoppers-uk.org.
- Around 20 people are arrested and charged every day as a result of information given to Crimestoppers.
- Since Crimestoppers began in 1988, it has received over a million actionable calls, resulting in over 126,000 arrests and charges. Over £127 million worth of goods has been recovered and over £301 million worth of drugs has been seized.
- In 2005, Crimestoppers launched the UK’s Most Wanted on its website which allows the public to view images of criminals and pass on vital information about their whereabouts. It has been highly successful with over 2,500 arrests to date.
- Crimestoppers UK was founded by Lord Ashcroft, KCMG PC, Chairman of Trustees. In 1988, he launched Crimestoppers in the Metropolitan Police area. Crimestoppers’ ‘call to action’ is built on a three-way partnership between the business community, the police and the media.