North Walsham hit-and-run car park is popular Pokemon Go venue

Vicarage Street car park, North Walsham. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Vicarage Street car park, North Walsham. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

A north Norfolk market town is in shock after a man was seriously injured in a town-centre hit-and-run crash.

The man, in his 30s, was walking across the Vicarage Street car park just before 1am on Saturday when he was struck by a small, dark-coloured, hatchback-style car.

The driver of the car did not stop and made off towards Bacton Road.

The victim was said to be in a stable condition in the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital later the same day. No details about his condition have since been released.

The car park includes a popular route for pedestrians travelling between the town centre and Sainsbury's, on Bacton Road.

Town mayor Barry Hester said the news worried him: 'It's a massive shock,' he said.

'I've never known of problems there. That car park is a big throughway for walkers. If things like this happen, it's a disaster.'

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Mark Rushmer, whose Flying Cockerel catering business and home are next to the car park, said he and his wife Claire had heard nothing, despite having their windows open.

A few years ago the car park had a reputation for anti-social behaviour, including 'boy racers', but Mr Rushmer said this had died down some time ago and there had been no recent problems.

However the car park featured in Pokemon Go and had been attracting a lot of extra people lately who were trying to catch Pokemon there on their mobile phones, Mr Rushmer added.

Pokemon Go is an augmented reality game which has been a worldwide hit since its launch earlier this month, with children and adults trying to catch virtual monsters in their towns and cities.

Mr Rushmer said detectives had visited him to find out whether he had any CCTV footage of the scene.

'We haven't, but there is a CCTV camera on the car park which should give them something,' he added.

Police believe there were a number of people in the area at the time of the collision and are keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the incident or who may be able to help trace the driver of the car.

Anyone with information should contact Norfolk Constabulary on 101.

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