Investigations Over Bognor Hit-And-Run

Detectives are questioning a man believed to have been behind the wheel of a car which left a 20-year-old man dead in a hit-and-run crash.

Police believe that victim Charlie Hancock had been involved in a row with a man inside the car before being hit by the vehicle in Rowan Way, Bognor Regis, West Sussex, just after 10pm yesterday.

Mr Hancock, of Nyetimber Lane, Pagham, was taken to St Richard's Hospital in Chichester where he was pronounced dead early this morning, Sussex Police said.

Messages of condolence have been paid online to him as detectives question a 41-year-old man who had been detained on suspicion of grievous bodily harm.

Police said that Mr Hancock and the suspect were known to each other. On Twitter, one person wrote: "RIP Charlie Hancock, you were a good mate, just shows how quickly life can be taken away, thinking of you and your family.''

Detective Inspector Wendy Burton, of the Surrey and Sussex major crime team, said: "We are appealing to anyone who saw two men having an altercation while in a grey Chrysler Voyager vehicle in Rowan Way, Bognor, between 9.30pm and 10pm on Monday, to come forward.

"We would also like to hear from any friends of Charlie who may have seen him on Monday as we are trying to trace his movements.''

Anyone with information is asked to call Sussex Police on 101, quoting Operation Southwick.