A CYCLIST landed in a ditch after an early-hours crash with a van which failed to stop.

Police are now hunting the hit-and-run van driver who was involved in the incident in Ringwood Road, Three Legged Cross just before 4.30am on Friday April 16

They are also appealing for any witnesses or anyone with relevant dashcam footage to come forward.

A white transit-style van, travelling toward Ashley Heath, collided with a cyclist, causing the male rider to go into a ditch and fall over the handlebars.

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The cyclist, in his 40s, suffered a broken bone in his foot and severe bruising to his back as a result of the collision.

Police Constable Matt Cutler, of East Dorset police, said: "We are investigating this collision and I would appeal to any witnesses or anyone with information as to the vehicle involved to please come forward.

"I would also urge anyone who was driving in the area around the time of the incident and has dashcam fitted to their vehicle to please check their footage for anything relevant."

Information to Dorset Police on 101, quoting occurrence number 55210059267, or the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111.