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 or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55220164446. Alternatively, independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously online at or by calling Freephone 0800 555 111.