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Timeline: Nine days on the run

Hannah Saaf, 27, has admitted causing the death by dangerous driving of 11-year-old Sam Riddall, as he walked home from a church youth group in Bristol on 1 May.

Saaf fled the scene and was on the run for nine days. Here is a timeline of events.

Friday, 1 May

Sam attends an evening youth service at Henleaze and Westbury Community Church, near Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol.

2115 BST: Sam is walking home along Eastfield Road with Dr Peter Harbord, the father of one of his friends, and three other children when a white Ford Focus mounts the pavement and hits the group.

Witnesses see the female driver flee the scene on foot towards Cote Lea Park. She is described as white, in her mid-30s, with long blonde hair.

Sam is taken to hospital but dies later in the evening. The three other children involved are uninjured, while Dr Harbord suffers minor injuries.

Saturday, 2 May

Avon and Somerset police make their first appeal for witnesses and urge the driver of the car to give herself up.

Afternoon: A "confirmed sighting" of the owner of the vehicle is made in central Bristol.

Sunday, 3 May

Sam's parents, Rachel and Martin Riddall, pay tribute to their "loveable and hugely popular" son and urge the driver to come forward.

He leaves behind three brothers, aged five, nine and 14.

Tuesday, 5 May

Police take the rare step of naming and releasing a picture of the woman who owns the vehicle involved.

She is identified as Hannah Saaf, from the Kingsdown area of Bristol.

Saaf, nee Jewell, is described as slim and around 5ft 9in.

Police say they are concerned for the welfare of Saaf, who is the mother of twins and married to Nicholas Saaf, 27.

Wednesday, 6 May

Police issue a fresh appeal for witnesses in bid to find Saaf, who also has connections to Bristol, Taunton, Glastonbury, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and London.

Thursday, 7 May

Mr and Mrs Riddall speak at a news conference at police headquarters in Bristol appealing for Saaf to give herself up so they can "put their lives back together".

They pay tribute to Sam's religious conviction, his popularity and his skill as a footballer.

Acting Det Ch Insp Gary Stephens reveals the one confirmed sighting of Saaf in central Bristol among several other less credible reports.

Friday, 8 May

Police confirm the Riddalls' appeal sparked a number of sightings in and around Bristol.

Sunday, 10 May

A farmer finds Saaf sleeping under blankets in a barn on the outskirts of Pensford, near Bristol.

The farmer's 999 call leads to a dramatic police hunt involving a helicopter, dogs, cars and officers. Saaf is arrested.

Monday, 11 May

A dishevelled Saaf appears at Bristol Magistrates' Court charged with causing death by dangerous driving, failing to stop and/or report an accident, driving otherwise than in accordance with her licence and driving without insurance.

Friday, 21 August

Saaf indicates a guilty plea to causing Sam's death by dangerous driving at Bristol Crown Court.

Tuesday, 29 September

Saaf pleads guilty to causing Sam's death by dangerous driving at Bristol Crown Court. It is revealed she is receiving inpatient treatment at a mental health establishment.



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