POLICE will continue their investigations today into a suspected hit and run in Newton Abbot which left a local man fighting for his life in hospital.
A spokesman said: "On Sunday, August 24 police were called to an incident in The Avenue, Newton Abbot.
"On arrival they confirmed a man had been hit by a Peugeot 106 which failed to stop having been driven away with the windscreen smashed.
"A 22-year-old local man was taken to Torbay Hospital and later transferred to Derriford with potentially life-threatening injuries.
"The Peugeot was later found abandoned in a car park in town.
Part of The Avenue was closed for several hours while serious collision investigators attended and there were major traffic problems in and around the centre of Newton Abbot for much of Sunday.
Initial reports said a group of young men were fighting in the street, possibly using metal bars.
Police cordoned off a 60-metre section of pavement outside the Murray VW garage on The Avenue. A separate shorter section of pavement on the opposite side of the road was also cordoned off.
By 9am on Sunday two police were guarding the scene.
The area is largely populated by businesses. On the opposite side to the VW garage is ATS, Honda and AMS Tyres.
But the number of residential properties increases in the direction of Queen Street and the town centre.
Residents said it was common to hear trouble late on Friday night after the clubs and pubs had closed.
One woman said: "I came out at 1am to put the bin out and didn't hear anything. I did have a look around because you do get people causing trouble at that time."
Another said he had not heard the reported disturbance at 3.40am but said it was 'normal' to hear shouting.
"It happens all the time around here, almost every week. They come along here shouting and we hear all sorts of things going on, it really is a terrible place on Friday night."
Police say anyone with information should call 101 quoting log 203 of the 24th or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.