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Three bailed in hit-and-run inquiry

Three men arrested in connection with a hit-and-run incident which left a 10-year-old girl fighting for her life and her two-year-old brother seriously injured have been released on bail.

Sabah Saleem and her brother Rayhan were knocked down by a car in Brudenell Road, Hyde Park, Leeds, on Saturday.

Relatives have described Sabah as a "little hero" after it emerged she was probably more seriously injured because she was protecting her younger brother from the impact.

West Yorkshire Police arrested a 36-year-old man on suspicion of dangerous driving, failing to stop at the scene of an accident and failing to report an accident; a 39-year-old man on suspicion of dangerous driving; and a 26-year-old man on suspicion of assisting an offender.

All three have now been released on bail pending further inquiries, the force said.

The children's family said that Rayhan has shown encouraging improvement in the last few days and is now walking around the hospital ward at Leeds General Infirmary. But they said they are continuing to pray for Sabah who remains in intensive care in a critical condition.

Their aunt, Saima Rafique, said yesterday: "Most likely what happened is that Sabah tried protecting her brother and she took the brunt of the accident. She's just a little hero, isn't she?"

Rayhan and Sabah were hit at around 5.20pm on Saturday after buying onions for the family's Eid celebrations. A cousin, who was with them, escaped injury. The children underwent surgery at Leeds General Infirmary.

West Yorkshire Police released an image taken from CCTV of a silver or grey mark 4 Vauxhall Astra they wanted to trace. It is understood they have now recovered a vehicle.

Detectives also said they wanted to trace a woman seen on CCTV near the scene at the time of the incident who may have witnessed what happened.

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