POLICE have handed out hundreds of leaflets and put up posters in Goldthorpe trying to find the culprits of a hit and run accident that left a man dead.

Peter Topping, 56, is thought to have been lying on Co-operative Street, Goldthorpe, at around 8.15pm on Thursday, 29 December, when a vehicle drove over him. The vehicle failed to stop and is thought to have turned into Doncaster Road.

The fresh appeal comes after his family and friends attended his funeral, which was held at Ardsley Crematorium yesterday (January 24.)

A spokesman said: "In the last few days, local police have been handing out hundreds of leaflets to residents living in and around Co-operative Street, appealing for anyone with information to come forward. A number of posters have also been distributed to public places in the area.

“We’d like anyone with information about why Mr Topping was lying in the road or anyone who saw him there to contact us."

Police are trying to trace witnesses who may have been in a dark-coloured 4x4 and silver-coloured hatchback or estate-type vehicles - both these cars were seen leaving Co-operative Street at around the time of the accident.

Anyone with information should contact South Yorkshire Police on 101 and quote incident number 779 of 29 December, 2011, or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on: 0800 555111.