A BMW was seized by police because the driver wasn’t insured to drive it.

Officers from Dorset Police’s No Excuse Team spotted the vehicle close to Ashley Cross in Poole after the vehicle was flagged up by Automatic Number Plate Recognition technology as having no insurance.

A spokesperson for the No Excuse Team said: “The driver holds a fully comprehensive insurance policy on another vehicle in Birmingham. He was initially adamant his insurance allowed him to drive any vehicle. Yes it does BUT the other vehicle must have an insurance policy in force and you can't own it for this to be valid.”

Police said the driver had been stopped for speeding in the same car in March which at the time was insured under a woman’s name but had since been cancelled and the driver had become the registered keeper.

The spokesperson said: “We can check the insurance history on any vehicles. Once we explained the above several times, he was polite and apologetic.

“Having fully comprehensive insurance doesn't automatically allow you to drive other cars. If in doubt we wish people would check with their insurance company before driving.”