A CAR that was used to ram into a police vehicle on Thursday has been discovered 'burnt out' and abandoned in a car park.

In a post online, New Forest Heart Police confirmed the remains of the vehicle left in the Spring Bushes, Linwood car park yesterday morning was that of a blue Fiat Punto which was stolen from an address in Dorset earlier this year.

A police spokesperson said: "Thanks to all of you who reported the car on fire in the Spring Bushes car park this morning.

Daily Echo: Photo: Ringwood PolicePhoto: Ringwood Police

"We have now confirmed that it was the car that rammed us at the Travel Lodge at Stoney Cross last night (Thursday, January 20).

"It will be recovered by Forestry England on Monday and the car park will remain closed over the weekend.

"Investigations continue into who has been using that 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 get information to us directly is to email richard.williams@hampshire.pnn.police.uk but in an emergency always call 999."