Officers investigating reports of an assault in Bournemouth are issuing an image of the suspect.

The incident occurred at around 1.45pm on Thursday 2 January 2020 in West Cliff Gardens, near to the Riviera Hotel. It was reported that a man was walking toward the sea with a woman and child when he became involved in an altercation with a dog owner. He was seen to kick the dog repeatedly and assault the owner.

Officers attended and carried out a search of the area but the man was not located.

Police Constable Laura Boobier, of Bournemouth police, said: “We are continuing to make enquiries to identify the man involved and have obtained video footage of the incident.

“I would urge anyone with information as to this man’s identity, or who witnessed the incident in West Cliff Gardens, to please contact us.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at, via email [email protected] or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55200000728. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via

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