A van failed to stop after it reversed into a 70-year-old woman in the town centre.

At around 8.30am on Sunday, March 3 a collision occurred on East Street, near the Natwest bank, between a pedestrian and a white Ford Transit van, which had been parked at the side of the road and was reversing.

The pedestrian, a woman aged in her 70s, reportedly fell to the ground and grazed her elbow. Police say she did not require hospital treatment.

The van did not stop at the scene.

Police are appealing for witnesses or anyone with relevant dashcam footage to come forward.

Police Constable Maddie Barber, of Dorset Police, said: “We are investigating this incident and from our enquiries, I understand there were a number of people in the area around the time of the collision.

“I would urge any witnesses who have not already spoken to police to please make contact with us.

“I am also keen to hear from any motorists who were driving in the vicinity and may have captured relevant dashcam footage.

“Finally, I would urge the driver of the van involved to do the right thing and please come forward so we can take your account.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55240032730.

Alternatively, independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously online at Crimestoppers-uk.org or by calling Freephone 0800 555 111.