THE family of a 12-year-old girl hit by a car allegedly being driven the wrong way down a road claim they have still not been contacted by police...nearly seven weeks on.

The youngster was attending Canvey’s annual Christmas lights switch-on with her mum when the day’s celebrations were brought to an abrupt halt.

She was hit by a car which appeared to be travelling the wrong way along Canvey High Street, where it turns into Foksville Road.

Her mum, who does not want to be identified, claims the male driver initially tried to continue driving - until a passerby stopped him. The youngster was taken to A&E after the incident on Saturday, November. She suffered minor bruising.

A PCSO was called to the scene.

The girl’s mother asked for the driver to be breathalysed. However, they family had to leave for hospital before a police officer who was authorised to carry a breath test arrived.

Since then, they have heard nothing from the police.

The mum said: “I think it is disgusting that they haven’t contacted us.

“We were given the name of the officer in charge and I have emailed about five times, but we have never heard back.

“I just want to know what has happened.

“I feel as though it has been brushed under the carpet, but it affected one of my children and I want to know what has happened.”

She added that she has phone numbers of witnesses and also photos showing the car going the wrong way along the road, which she wants to pass on to police.

An Essex Police spokesman said: “Traffic collision investigation can be a lengthy process as they need to be comprehensive and often involve gathering a lot of complex information to determine exactly what has occurred.

“Officers dealing with the case will provide the girl’s parents with an update as soon as they are in a position to do so.

“We can confirm enquiries are ongoing and hope the girl is recovering well from her injuries. Should her parents have any questions about the ongoing case they can make contact with the investigating officer directly.”