Stolen car found on fire in New Forest car park

THE CAR that was used to hit a police car on Thursday was discovered abandoned and on fire by local residents.

New Forest Heart Police confirmed the charred remains of the vehicle left in the Spring Bushes car park yesterday morning were those of a blue Fiat Punto which was stolen from a Dorset address earlier this year.

A police spokesperson said: ‘Thank you to all of you who reported the burning car in the Spring Bushes parking lot. We have now confirmed it was the car that hit us at the Travel Lodge in Stoney Cross last night.

“It will be collected by Forestry England on Monday and the car park will remain closed at the weekend.

Car fire in Spring Bushes parking lot. Photo: New Forest Heart Cops

“Investigations are continuing as to who used this car, so if you have seen a blue Fiat Punto acting suspiciously anywhere in the forest recently, please let us know. The best way to provide us with information directly is to email [email protected], but in an emergency always call 999.

As reported, police spotted the car believed to be responsible for a series of thefts from vehicles parked at the Travel Lodge just before midnight on Thursday January 20.

Officers blocked the car, but it rammed the police vehicle, damaging it and fleeing through Emery Down and through the forest on the tracks from Acres Down to the Canadian War Memorial.