Officers investigating an assault in Bournemouth are issuing CCTV images of a man they would like to identify.

At around 11.30pm on Saturday 8 October 2022 the victim, a man aged in his 40s, was walking in Commercial Road when he became involved in an altercation with a group of men.

The victim went to walk away but was chased by one of the men and struck from behind with what was believed to be a gas cannister. He sustained a laceration to the top of his head as well as further cuts and bruising from when he fell to the floor as a result of the assault.

Police Constable Cameron Carter, of Bournemouth CID, said: “This assault left the victim with nasty injuries, and we have been carrying out a number of enquiries into this incident.

“From our investigation, we have obtained CCTV images of a man we are keen to identify and I would urge anyone who recognises him to please come forward.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk/contact or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55220164446. Alternatively, independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously online at Crimestoppers-uk.org or by calling Freephone 0800 555 111.