A WOMAN in her 70s was knocked unconscious by a cyclist on a town centre street.

Police are investigating a hit-and-run between a cyclist and a pedestrian, which happened outside WHSmiths on Portland Walk, Barrow at around 11.20am yesterday.

The woman fell to the ground and was knocked unconscious.

A nearby shopworker said: “I just thought it was awful of the cyclist not to stop, I hope that she is okay.

“I didn’t see it happen but I heard the thud when she hit the ground.”

Another shopworker said: “We didn’t know what had happened we just saw the blue lights.

“It’s awful what has happened to the lady.

“It’s horrible if the cyclist didn’t stop when it happened.

“It’s terrible for bikes around here, it’s usually the young ones that you see flying around the corner, hands free.

“There has been a few near misses around here because of people on bikes.”

Mail reader Lynn Sandra Woodhouse said: “Isn’t it about time there were working CCTV cameras in this town, it’s absolutely disgusting that these hooligans are getting away with terrorising people.”

A spokesman for the North West Ambulance Service said they were called at 11.32am.

The elderly woman was taken to Furness General Hospital, said the spokesman.

Police are appealing for any witnesses, or anyone with information to contact PC 2561 on 101, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, quoting log 81 of 25 October.