Police are requesting the assistance of witnesses following a serious injury incident that occurred in Pontefract during the early hours of yesterday morning (Sunday, 19 November).

At 4.30 am, officers discovered a seriously injured man on the A639 Front Street. Investigations at the scene indicate that he had engaged in a confrontation with another male, resulting in him ending up on the road. Subsequently, he was struck by a black Ford Fiesta, which was travelling alongside a white Seat Ibiza away from Pontefract town centre.

Two individuals, aged 17 and 18, have been apprehended on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and are presently in custody.

Detective Inspector Fiona Allan, of Wakefield District CID, said: “Our enquiries suggest that this injured male has been involved in a physical altercation outside the old Harratts car dealership prior to this collision.

“For this reason, we are appealing not just for any witnesses to the collision, but also to the events leading up to it.

“It is important that we identify any other persons involved in the incident and understand the circumstances that have led to a man sustaining life-threatening injuries.”

Individuals with information or dashcam footage are urged to contact Wakefield District CID through Live Chat online or by dialing 101, quoting log 280 of 19 November.

The road was closed between the junctions with Halfpenny Lane and Park Road.