The mother of a Weymouth boy who was injured in a hit-and-run collision outside his school earlier this month has spoken of her "frustration" about the lack of contact from the police.

Seth Yates, 12, was knocked down as he crossed Chickerell Road. The driver failed to stop at the scene and they have yet to come forward.

Seth had just left Budmouth Academy and was on his way home when it happened about 2.45pm on Tuesday, July 4.

He was treated in hospital for serious injuries to his jaw and underwent surgery.

Seth's mother Louisa Yates has voiced her distress at the lack of contact from police after it took eight days following the collision for officers to make contact and take a statement.

Louisa said: "I spoke to the police on the day of the accident, but we didn't hear anything from them until Wednesday (July 12) after that.

"I don't feel like anyone cares about me or about Seth, we have been left alone to deal with it by ourselves.

"We are a strong family, we will get through it and most importantly Seth is alive and will recover.

"It is frustrating though that no one else seems to help.

"It just makes us feel like we are nothing, we are nobody and nobody cares about us when we need it."

Louisa told the Echo she was frustrated by the time it took for police to contact her, but said that she believed the police are "overworked and underpaid".

She said: "I know there are a lot more serious crimes and that police need more staff but it still gets you down when we are in need."

A spokesperson for Dorset Police said: "A detailed investigation has been ongoing and officers are continuing to carry out extensive enquiries into this incident, including speaking to witnesses, identifying possible CCTV and conducting house-to-house visits in the area.

"As with all investigations, officers will contact the victims and their families with any updates when appropriate.

Limited details are known about the car involved, police said, but it is described as a dark coloured MPV or SUV type vehicle.

Police have been carrying out house-to-house and CCTV enquiries in a bid to identify the car involved but this has so far proved unsuccessful.

PC Chris Brolan, of the traffic unit, said: "I am appealing to anyone who witnessed this incident or captured anything of relevance on home CCTV or dashcam to please get in contact with Dorset Police."

Anyone with information can contact Dorset Police by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55230104042.

Alternatively, independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously online at or by calling Freephone 0800 555 111.