THIEVES fled the scene of an accident on the motorway on Sunday evening when they crashed their car pulling a stolen trailer.

The incident took place on on the M4 between junctions 16 and 17 at approximately 7.45pm said police.

Earlier on Sunday, April 14, the Ifor Williams trailer was stolen from farmland in the Bishopstone area and was being towed by a Nissan X trail with false number plates which was abandoned by the thieves.

Police believe the occupants of the vehicle which was towing the stolen trailer fled the scene. It is believed they were picked up by another vehicle, possibly travelling in convoy.

PC Ben Cox said: “I’m appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident on the M4, or anyone who saw the vehicle being driven prior to the collision, to get in touch.

"The motorway was busy at the time of the incident, so it is likely there are witnesses to the collision and the occupants leaving the scene.”

Anyone with information should call 101 and quote crime reference number 54190036375.