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Driver knocks paperboy 
off his bike before handing him £10 and driving off

PUBLISHED: 16:04 16 August 2017 | UPDATED: 16:50 16 August 2017

Daniel Debenham was knocked off his bike whilst doing a paper round in Diss.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2017

Daniel Debenham was knocked off his bike whilst doing a paper round in Diss. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017

Archant 2017

A mother is appealing for the man who knocked her teenage son off his bike, before giving him £10 and driving away, to come forward.

Daniel Debenham was knocked off his bike whilst doing a paper round in Diss.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2017Daniel Debenham was knocked off his bike whilst doing a paper round in Diss. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017

On Friday, August 11 Daniel Debenham was cycling to WH Smith in Diss to collect the papers for his morning paper round when he was knocked off his bike at the Skelton Road junction, in Frenze Hall Lane at 6.35am.

Daniel fell onto the bonnet of the car before hitting the ground.

The driver of the silver car got out of the vehicle and asked Daniel if he was okay before handing the 16-year-old a £10 note and driving away down Skelton Road.

Mandy Cosburn, Daniel’s mother, said: “Fortunately my son has got away with only bruises.

“He came home and said I’ve got something to tell you and when he said what had happened I was probably more hysterical than he was because I was just thinking about how bad it could have been.

“He’s been really lucky.”

A keen footballer, Daniel sustained a sprained ankle from the accident, meaning he won’t be joining his friends or younger brother on the pitch for a while.

However his bike has come off a lot worse.

“His bike is a write off,” said Mrs Cosburn.

A pupil at Diss High School, Daniel is currently awaiting his GCSE results and has been doing a paper round in the town for over a year.

Currently using a borrowed bike to carry on his paper round, he said since the accident he has become more cautious.

“I was quite shaken and shocked after the accident,” he said.

“Now I’m a lot more cautious when I’m cycling, always checking my brakes.”

It is an offence under the 1988 Road Traffic Act not to stop after an accident and if someone has been injured, the police must be called.

Following the inciden, police are appealing for witness who may have seen, heard or know of anything relating to the accident.

Anyone with information should call 101, referencing NC11082017-74.

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