Officers are appealing for information following an assault and criminal damage incident near Hurn.

Between 11.35am and 12.20pm on Tuesday 13 June 2023 the victim, a man aged in his 40s was in a layby off Hurn Road, near to the Blackwater Junction, in a black Honda CR-V that had broken down.

He became involved in a verbal exchange with another man in a dark-coloured Range Rover that was parked nearby and the other man then punched him to the face, knocking the victim to the ground.

The offender drove off in the Range Rover before returning around 20 minutes later. He was wearing a motorcycle helmet and carrying a hammer and proceeded to smash the rear and side windows of the victim’s vehicle. A number of threats were also made to the victim and his family, as well as to a witness who tried to intervene.

Police Constable Chloe Candy, of Dorset Police, said: “This was a frightening incident for the victim and his family, and we are carrying out enquiries to identify the man responsible.

“I would urge any witnesses who have not already spoken to police to please come forward.

“I would also urge any motorists with dashcam who were driving in the vicinity around the relevant timeframe to please check their footage for anything that might assist our investigation.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55230091075. Alternatively, independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously online at or by calling Freephone 0800 555 111.

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