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Bournemouth police are investigating an attack on a 52-year-old man in Boscombe.
He suffered two broken ribs and neck injuries after being beaten up in an alleyway between The Lazy Shark bar and Hamburgerology on Christchurch Road, between 12.05am and 12.20am on Saturday 25 February 2012.
The victim, from Bournemouth, was treated at Poole Hospital.
Detective Constable Martha Brehmer, of Bournemouth CID, said:
“The victim has suffered serious injuries as a result of this incident and I am appealing for anyone who has any information about those involved to contact me as soon as possible.
“The area will have been reasonably busy at this time of night and it may be that a number of people will have witnessed this altercation.
“I understand that two or three men were involved..”
Two men, aged 23 and 24 from Bournemouth, have been arrested and released on police bail while enquiries continue.
Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101.