Assault on disabled man in Bournemouth: Help find these three men

Update:

A man has come forward following a CCTV appeal in relation to a reported assault on a disabled man in Bournemouth.

Detectives issued the appeal today, Tuesday 12 March 2019, following an alleged assault on Thursday 14 February 2019. 

It was reported that a 21-year-old man who has Asperger’s entered the Inside London Market convenience store on Old Christchurch Road and was allegedly assaulted by a group of men who are said to have verbally abused him about his disability.

A further allegation of assault happened a short time later on Old Christchurch Road.

The victim was taken to hospital for treatment to a small lump on his head and concussion.

A man has made himself known to officers and will be voluntarily interviewed. 

Detectives have also received information as to the identity of the other two men they wanted to speak to.

At this stage, no arrests have been made.

 

Officers investigating an assault on a disabled man in Bournemouth are issuing a CCTV image of three men they would like to identify.

At around 1.25am on Thursday 14 February 2019 a 21-year-old man who has Asperger’s entered the Inside London Market convenience store on Old Christchurch Road. Once inside he was approached by a group of men who hurled abuse at him about his disability and then assaulted him.

The victim ran out of the store, up Old Christchurch Road and attempted to get into a taxi, but one of the suspects followed him and grabbed him by the throat.

The victim again tried to get away. He ran past Vodka Revolution and back into the store. He was followed by the suspects and further assaulted before a member of security from a nearby club went to his assistance.

The victim was taken to hospital for treatment to a small lump on his head and concussion.


Police Constable Josh Benoke, of Bournemouth police, said: “As part of my investigation I am now in a position to issue a CCTV image of three men I would like to speak to and I would ask anyone who knows who they are to please contact Dorset Police.

“This was an unprovoked, sustained and violent assault on a vulnerable man, which has understandably caused great upset to him and his family. I would urge anyone with any information to please come forward.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55190024475. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.