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A STOLEN car was crashed into a tree and left on a country road.

Police in Fordingbridge confirmed that a Fiat Panda stolen in March this year was crashed and found abandoned in “suspicious circumstances”.

The license plate on the rear of the car was found removed before the police arrived and the police assume that false license plates had been used.

The police have seized the vehicle and begun forensic investigations to identify the perpetrators.

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The abandoned vehicle (Image: Fordingbridge Police)

The vehicle was found on Fish Lane, a single-lane country road in Ripley, on Friday, June 28.

Fordingbridge Police released the following statement on Facebook:

“Early action for the team yesterday as they were tasked with attending to a Fiat Panda which had crashed into a tree in suspicious circumstances on Fish Lane, a single-lane country road in Ripley.

“The occupants had already left the vehicle before the police arrived and taken the rear number plate with them to conceal the identity of the vehicle. However, investigations at the scene revealed that the Fiat Panda had been stolen in March this year and used with false number plates. It has now been seized in order to use forensics to identify the perpetrators.

“If you have seen this vehicle parked or loitering suspiciously in your area, or know who was driving it, please call Fordingbridge Police Team in confidence on 101 and quote 44240272180. Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 to help stop criminals causing harm and hardship to rural communities and businesses in the New Forest, Avon and Test Valley areas.”

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