A driver wrecks £2,000 worth of antiques at a shop after apparently hitting the accelerator instead of the brake while trying to park.
The large BMW with personalised plates leaves a trail of destruction – wiping out two statues of nude women, a wrought iron bench, furniture, smaller sculptures and garden planters – before driving off without stopping.
Furious shop owner Gill Norman has handed over the CCTV footage to police but bright glare from the sun obscures the licence plate – left hanging off the bumper as the motorist flees the scene.
The car – believed to be a £26,000 3 Series estate – lurches forward after it is believed the woman stamped on the wrong pedal.
Dorset Police is looking for the suspect following the wrecking spree at 10.30am on January 21 at Acreman St Antiques and Interiors in Sherborne.
Gill said: “It was an accident – if she had just come in and told us it would have been on her insurance.
“She hit the accelerator instead of the brake and shot forward into the stone wall, taking out two concrete statues, a garden bench, a lounger chair and various garden planters, adding up to £2,000 worth of damage.
“We think she may have been before. Many of our customers come and browse with their partners and come back on their own to pick something up.
“We know that the car had personalised number plates – the first section of the plate has fewer characters than normal.
“Unfortunately we can’t make it out on the CCTV footage because the sun is shining into the camera, creating a glare.
“Hopefully the police will be able to enhance it.”
She said colleague Alastair MacAndrew heard a loud bang, but the woman had gone by the time he went outside.
Dorset police said: “We were called out to reports of a failure to stop following a collision on Acreman Street at around 10am on January 21.
“The driver caused damage to two statues and a garden bench. We cannot confirm the driver’s gender at this stage, but it is believed the car was a dark BMW.”