Officers investigating a robbery in Bournemouth town centre are issuing a CCTV image of four men they would like to speak to.

At around 1.20am on Friday 3 January 2020 a 19-year-old man was approached by a group of four men outside jewellery shop Pandora on Old Christchurch Road. The victim was tackled to the floor by one of the men, who attempted to steal his phone and money, which had just been withdrawn from an ATM.

Two of the other men then joined in the assault and succeeded in obtaining the victim’s money and phone, as well as a bottle of alcohol he was carrying.

The victim was hit several times in the face, sustaining minor injuries to his nose and forehead, but did not require hospital treatment.

During the incident, the first man pulled his top up, showing the handle of a knife tucked into his waist band and threatened to use it against the victim.

The offender then dropped the phone and money before walking away toward the Lansdowne area with the bottle of alcohol.

The man in possession of the knife is described as white, aged in his 20s, around five feet seven inches tall and of medium build. He was wearing a black Nike jacket, white shorts and a black backpack. He was with two white men and a black man, who is described as being aged in his early 20s, tall and of slim build, with two silver teeth on the bottom row. All three were wearing grey Nike jackets.

Investigations Officer Emily Greenwood, of Bournemouth CID, said: “We have been making enquiries into this unprovoked, violent incident and have obtained a CCTV image of four men we would like to speak to.

“I appreciate the image is not of the best quality but would urge anyone who has any information as to their identity to please contact us.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email [email protected] or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55200001011. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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