Police swamped by tip-offs in Edinburgh hit-and-run case

An online appeal by Spanish police to trace the driver of a car involved in a hit-and-run incident which claimed the life of an Edinburgh grandfather has been inundated with hundreds of telephone calls and e-mails.

Thursday, 25th August 2016, 8:10 am
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 9:14 am
The vehicle involved in the hit and run in Spain.

Robert Sneddon died on Sunday evening after he was struck by a white Land Rover while crossing the road in Guardamar del Segura, Alicante.

The driver of the vehicle fled the scene, leaving Mr Sneddon to die. The damaged car was later recovered by authorities, where it had a number plate – SK13 MWM – registered in Edinburgh in spring 2013. However, it is understood the vehicle was sold in January this year.

The Guardia Civil is currently working its way through a deluge of tip-offs in an attempt to trace its owner and who was in the car at the time Mr Sneddon was killed.

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The 61-year-old’s son, who has flown out to Alicante but did not wish to be named, said: “We’ve been told that the police are really close and the people who left the scene shouldn’t have been there in the first place. There’s a witness who’s went into a police station today and who we believe knows is involved.”

With an emotive appeal for information by Mr Sneddon’s daughter, Mandy, reaching more than half a million people on social media, she renewed her call for the driver to come forward.

In a direct message to the individual responsible, she said: “You’ll have seen photos of my dad now before the accident, would you like me to have the after photos released? What exactly is it going to take before you come forward?

“People won’t hide you forever. People talk, your friends have already started. How do I know? Because I am a human being. Can I say the same for you now? No.”

It is understood there were several passengers in the Land Rover at the time of the incident.

Spanish police are working with authorities in Britain and Interpol as part of their investigation. According to a social media site administered by Spanish traffic police, fingerprints have been recovered from the Land Rover.

Mr Sneddon was brought up in Edinburgh and worked as a psychiatric nurse, but he relocated to Spain around 15 years ago. He had been walking home from a pub at around 10.30pm on Sunday when he was struck on the N332 coastal road.