A £60,000 sports car was seized by police because the windows were so heavily tinted the driver could not see where he was going.

Officers from the Dorset Police No Excuse team stopped the vehicle as it was driven "very slowly" on the Wessex Way in Bournemouth last night.

They had been alerted to the Mercedes C63S by officers from the Bournemouth south neighbourhood policing team.

A spokesman for No Excuse said: "Officers from our team saw the vehicle being driven very slowly on the Wessex Way, Bournemouth. There was no other traffic on the road and road lighting was present. Officers stopped the vehicle and spoke with the driver. It was clear that the ability to drive was severely affected by excessively tinted windows - in essence they could not see where they were going."

Tests of all the car's windows revealed a light transmission level of just eight per cent - the legal limit is 75 per cent for the windscreen and 70 per cent for the front side windows.

The driver was reported for dangerous driving and driving without insurance. The vehicle was seized and has been banned from the roads until the defects have been rectified.