THE police have launched an investigation after a tractor driver crashed into a telegraph pole causing a road closure and then drove off.

At around 11.50am on June 8 a dark blue New Holland tractor with a triple green mower on the back collided with a telegraph pole on Bluntshay Lane near Whitchurch Canonicorum. It was reported that the tractor failed to stop at the scene and made off toward the village of Whitchurch Canonicorum.

The telegraph pole was split into two parts, leaving exposed cables, and road closures were put in place as telecommunications engineers carried out repairs.

Police Constable Maddie Barber, of West Dorset police, said: “We are investigating this incident and have made enquiries at local farms but they have no knowledge of anyone driving a tractor of this description in the area.

“I would urge anyone who witnessed the incident or who has any information relating to anyone driving a tractor matching the description given in the vicinity on Tuesday 8 June 2021 to please contact us.

“I would also urge anyone who was driving in the area and has dashcam fitted to please check their footage to see if they have captured the tractor described above.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at, via email or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55210090703. Alternatively, to stay 100 per cent anonymous, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers online at or call freephone 0800 555 111