POLICE are searching for the driver of a car which crashed into a pub and damaged a gas main in Corfe Castle.

The incident, which happened at around 3.30pm on Thursday, March 1, caused "significant disruption" according to police.

The vehicle, believed to be a dark blue estate car, collided into the Greyhound Inn in The Square. However it failed to stop at the scene.

The area was evacuated and roads were closed to allow emergency repair work to be carried out on the gas main.

Police Constable Paul Diffey, of Purbeck police, said: “Thankfully no one was injured. However, this incident caused significant disruption to people in the local area who were evacuated or needed to get home.

“We have carried out CCTV enquiries in the area but at this stage we have limited details for the vehicle that was involved in the collision.

“I am appealing to anyone who may know the driver responsible, who has witnessed the collision or may have any dashcam footage that could assist my investigation, to please come forward.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55180032044. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.