Officers are issuing a CCTV image of a man they would like to speak to following an assault in Bournemouth.

Between 5am and 6am on Wednesday 25 September 2019 the victim – a woman aged in her 20s – was involved in an altercation with a man on York Road.

The victim was punched in the face and to the back of the head. She attended hospital for treatment and suffered significant swelling and bruising to her eye socket.

Police Constable Rebecca Walker-Date, of Bournemouth police, said: “This incident was understandably very upsetting for the victim and as a result of the assault, she may have sustained permanent damage to her eyesight.

“It is believed that she may have been targeted because of her sexual orientation and enquiries are underway to locate the offender.

“I am issuing a CCTV image of a man I would like to speak to as he may have been in the area at the time of the assault and have information to assist my investigation.

“I would urge anyone who recognises him to please get in touch.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at, via email [email protected] or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55190151000. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via

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