A CYCLIST who sustained a series of serious injuries in a crash one month ago remains in hospital.

This week police have appealed for information following the crash on Nateby Road, near to the B6270 at Kirkby Stephen.

The cyclist, a 56-year old-man from Lytham St Annes, sustained fractures to his right shoulder, collar bone and ribs.

He suffered a punctured lung and also cracked vertebrae in his neck and lower back.

He remains in James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough in a stable condition.

His family said without the care of the emergency services he would not have been able to see his new-born grandaughter.

The collision happened at around 2.30pm on April 30.

Police said it was unclear how the man sustained his injuries.

PC Richard Bowman, who is leading the investigation, said: “At this time we are keen to locate the driver of a dark coloured hatchback who may have stopped to help at the scene but driven away as other persons have attended to the cyclist.

"We would like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the cyclist on the Nateby Road at around 2pm or later.

"Any information would help us in what happened.”

The family said in a statement: “We would like to thank Brough Ambulance Service and the Air Ambulance for their fantastic treatment at the scene of the accident.

“We would also like to thank James Cook Hospital, Middlesbrough for the care they have provided and without this, he would not be able to see his new born granddaughter for the first time.”

Anyone who was on the road at the time and seen a cyclist and has any information about what occurred, is asked to contact Cumbria Police on 101 and speak to PC Richard Bowman at the Operational Support Unit.