A fox was reportedly chased across a road by hounds during an organised trail hunt, with police appealing for witnesses.

Dorset Police officers are investigating whether an offence has been committed under the Hunting Act 2004.

The incident took place on Tuesday, November 3, during the late morning and early afternoon, as an organised trail hunt commenced in the area of Hinton St Mary, close to Sturminster Newton.

It is alleged offences were committed, as police say a report claims "a fox was pursued by hounds across the B3092 road between Sturminster Newton and Hinton St Mary".

Under the Hunting Act 2004, it is illegal to hunt wild mammals with dogs.

North Dorset Inspector Simon Perry said: “We care carrying out enquiries in relation to this incident.

"As part of our investigation I am keen to hear from anyone who was in the area at the relevant time and either witnessed something or captured anything of relevance on their dashcam to please contact Dorset Police.”

Anyone with more information can contact Dorset Police by calling 101 quoting occurrence number 55200165514.