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Three held over 2003 hit-run death

Police investigating the death of a five-year-old boy in a hit-and-run incident more than 10 years ago have arrested three people.

Sam Walker was knocked down and killed by a car in Chorlton, Manchester, in February 2003.

A 33-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, a 31-year-old man on suspicion of perverting the course of justice and perjury, and a 56-year-old woman on suspicion of perjury.

All three remain in custody for questioning, a police spokesman said.

The arrests follow a public appeal for information on the 10th anniversary of the incident.

Sergeant Lee Westhead from Greater Manchester Police's serious collision investigation unit said: "I have always maintained that the answers to the circumstances surrounding Samuel's death lay within the community and I would like to thank the witnesses that have come forward so far.

"It has moved the investigation along and has enabled us to make these arrests today.

"After our appeal in February, a significant person contacted the police with information about the driver responsible and other events that day. I would ask that person to please contact us again. I would be very interested to speak to them, anonymously if necessary, as I believe they hold vital information.

"I continue to appeal to anyone else who saw what happened that day or anyone who has any information about the incident to come and speak to us.

"You can make a difference. You can help send out a message that communities will not be silenced about wrongdoing in the areas where they live and raise their children."

Just after 1pm on Sunday February 9 2003, the child was crossing Hardy Lane with his mother, sister and cousin when a silver Mitsubishi Galant came towards them from the direction of Barlow Moor Road. The car avoided his mother and the two girls but struck Sam, killing him.

The car made off and was later abandoned by the driver, who was described as black and aged between 18 and 21.

A £20,000 reward is being offered to anyone who comes forward with information leading to the identification and conviction of the driver.

Anyone with information should contact the investigation unit on 0161 856 4741 or the independent charity CrimeStoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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