Detectives are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to come forward following an assault in Bournemouth.

Dorset Police received a report at 4.44am on Sunday 24 December 2023 that a man was located with a head injury on Charminster Road.

It is reported that the victim – aged in his 40s from Poole – was assaulted by a man. His injuries are described as serious.

A cordon is in place and the road is closed to allow for a detailed examination of the scene to be carried out.

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Bell, of BCP CID, said: “An investigation is underway and I am keen to speak to anyone who was in the area and saw what happened.

“I am also appealing to any member of the public who may have captured any relevant footage, or has information to assist our enquiries, to please get in touch.

“There will be an increased police presence in the area as we carry out extensive enquiries at the scene and would like to thank the public for their patience while the cordon is in place. Officers can be approached by anyone with any information or concerns.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55230200803. Alternatively, independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously online at or by calling Freephone 0800 555 111.

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