AN INVESTIGATION has been launched by police after a driver had a lucky escape from a missile thrown at their car while travelling along a dual carriageway.

An object, identified as either a rock or brick, was thrown from a bridge at the vehicle as it was on the Dorset Way on Sunday afternoon.

The missile hit the windscreen and caused enough damage for it to be replaced.

Officers are appealing for witnesses to come forward after the incident, which took place at around 1.50pm.

The victim, a local woman, was driving her Ford Focus along Dorset Way near to English Ford when a rock or brick was thrown from the pedestrian bridge above.

The offender is described as tall, of medium build and with light brown hair. He was wearing grey tracksuit bottoms and a white top.

The bridge in question was caged off by the council many years ago after a series of incidents involving objects being thrown at vehicles.

PC Ben King, of Poole police, said: “This was a reckless and very dangerous incident and it is nothing but sheer luck that no one was injured or killed.

“I am appealing to anyone who was either near the footbridge or travelling along Dorset Way at the relevant time and saw anything suspicious to please contact Dorset Police.

“I am particularly keen to hear from anyone who may have captured the offender or incident on dashcam.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police quoting occurrence number 55190087140 or alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously.