CCTV appeal after man spits at staff in Bournemouth store

Officers are issuing CCTV images of a suspect who assaulted staff members at a Bournemouth store by spitting at them on two occasions.

The first incident at the Co-op in Holdenhurst Road occurred at around 4.40pm on Thursday 16 May 2019.

The man entered the store and stole two chocolate bars. When challenged by a staff member he spat at them before leaving the store.

The same man returned to the store at around 12pm on Sunday 19 May 2019 and a different staff member recognised him from the previous incident. He followed him down the aisles and the man immediately left the store.

The staff member watched as the man was fiddling with his bicycle outside the store. He then became angry, approached the member of staff and pushed him with both hands before spitting in his face.

After a verbal exchange the victim turned to walk back into the store and was hit on the back of the head.

The suspect got back on his blue mountain bike and rode off, crossing Holdenhurst Road and going into Southcote Road.

The victim did not require any medical treatment.

Police Constable Steve Lea, of Bournemouth police, said: “These were unpleasant assaults on members of staff who were just doing their jobs.

“We are determined to identify the man responsible and I am issuing CCTV images of the suspect in the hope that someone will recognise him.”

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 55190075166. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.