Officers investigating an incident where an elderly man was assaulted in Poole are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to come forward.

At around 2.20am on Thursday 5 May 2022 the victim, aged in his 80s, and his wife were asleep in their motorhome, which was parked in Kingland Road near to Poole Park, when a black car – possibly a Volkswagen Golf – pulled up alongside them and three male offenders approached the motorhome.

It is believed they were trying to cause damage or steal from the motorhome and the victim went out to confront them. He was subjected to an assault that left him with cuts to his arm and hand as well as bruising and swelling to his forehead. He required hospital treatment and stitches as a result.

The offenders smashed the windows of the motorhome before leaving in their vehicle, making off in the direction of the Dolphin Centre.

Police Constable Jonathan Pryer, of Poole police, said: “This was a violent and unprovoked attack that has understandably caused considerable distress to the elderly couple who were targeted, as well as injuries to the male victim and damage to their property.

“I am appealing to anyone who was in the vicinity and witnessed any suspicious activity, or who has any information that might assist our ongoing enquiries, to please contact Dorset Police.

“I would also urge anyone who was driving in the area around the time of the incident to please check any dashcam footage for anything of relevance.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at, via email [email protected] or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55220070585. Alternatively, independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously online at or by calling Freephone 0800 555 111.

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