POLICE tracked down suspected poachers after they sped away from officers.

Purbeck Police officers were patrolling yesterday morning when they spotted a suspicious car.

A spokesman said: "We were out and about patrolling our patch.

"Whilst out we noticed a car pull out of a side road and accelerate rather quickly upon seeing us.

"We decided to go the same direction as them and checked the vehicle registration.

"The vehicles occupants are known for poaching offences. They left us for dust so we just carried on until we reached a junction.

"As luck would have it we chose the right direction and as we got to another village there was the same car.

"It was clear the occupants did not want police to stop them. So after it drove off it seemed to disappear.

"But... we are better at hide and seek than they are so we spotted the car trying to hide from us.

"Other officers arrived and dealt with the individuals, one of which was not too happy with us.

"Remember Poaching is an offence and needs reporting on 999 if occurring at the time or immediately after. If a long time after then either ring 101 or email; 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk"