TWO cars ploughed into pedestrians in a Bournemouth road before driving off leaving two people seriously hurt.

A police investigation has been launched following the hit-and-run crash in Manor Road, Bournemouth last night.

Officers are appealing for witnesses to come forward following the incident in Manor Road at 7.05pm.

The two cars involved – a black Volkswagen Passat and a black BMW 116D – both failed to stop at the scene.

Officers attended, along with the ambulance service and two people – a man and a woman both aged in their 20s – were taken to Poole Hospital with serious injuries.

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Road closures were put in place as the emergency services responded to the incident and to allow for officers carry out enquiries as well as an examination of the scene. The closures were lifted at around 10pm.

Following enquiries, a black Volkswagen Passat was located by officers at an address in Bournemouth and a local woman, aged in her 20s, was arrested on suspicion of driving offences. She is assisting officers with their enquiries.

Sergeant Mark Scammell, of the traffic unit, said: “We are carrying out enquiries to establish the circumstances of this collision and we are keen to hear from anyone with information relating to the vehicles or individuals involved.

“I would also like to hear from any witnesses who have not already spoken to police or anyone who may have captured anything relevant on dashcam.

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“Finally, I would like to thank members of the public for their patience and understanding while the road closures were in place. These were absolutely necessary to allow the emergency services to carry out their work.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police on 101, quoting incident number 10:750, or the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111.