WITNESSES are being sought after a man suffered life changing injuries after being hit by a car.

A man in his 30s was struck by a white or light-coloured hatchback car at around 1.30am yesterday morning.

He remains in stable condition in hospital.

Police are now issuing an updated appeal after the crash after carrying out investigations throughout the day yesterday.

A spokesman for the police said: "We are asking for several key witnesses to come forward.

"It is believed that the victim was dropped off at Stanford-le-Hope train station at around 11.15pm on December 30.

"Whilst there, we believe he met a group of young men, aged in their late teens or early 20s, and befriended them. We think that they may have walked around the town together and ended up on Victoria Road in the early hours of December 31.

"It is unclear if the men were there at the time of the collision, but we believe they will hold valuable information about our victim’s movements on Victoria Road, and we urge them to get in touch."

"Our attempts to trace the car, which failed to stop at the scene, and its driver are ongoing."

Anyone with information, relevant CCTV, or dash cam footage should call the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 101 quoting reference number 91 of December 31 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.