Officers are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to come forward after a man was assaulted in Sturminster Newton.

The incident occurred between 6.15pm and 7pm on Wednesday 20 April 2022 while the victim was walking on a footpath past the nature pond in Butts Pond Meadows. 

It is reported that the victim – an 18-year-old man from North Dorset – was approached by a man who attempted to stab him with a Stanley-type blade. The offender subsequently ran off in the direction of Honeymead Lane.

The victim sustained an injury to his hand and attended hospital for treatment.

The suspect is described as white, five feet four inches tall and of stocky build. He was wearing a black balaclava, a black hooded top with the hood up, black tracksuit bottoms with a white cord around the waist and grey trainers with white laces.

Police Constable James McClements, of North Dorset police, said: “I am carrying out enquiries into this incident and would urge anyone who witnessed what happened to please get in touch.

“I am particularly keen to hear from anyone who may have been walking in the area and saw a man matching the description given.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at, via email [email protected] or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55220062296. Alternatively, independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously online at or by calling Freephone 0800 555 111.

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