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27 November 2014, 07:14
A man's needed stitches after being attacked with a knife in Bournemouth.
The assault happened at around 1.20am yesterday (Wednesday 26 November) when the victim, a 43-year-old man from Bournemouth, was walking along Turbary Park Avenue toward bollards at the end of Acres Road in the West Howe area of town.
As the victim walked past two men, they asked for the time. When the victim replied and carried on walking, one of the offenders shouted after him causing the victim to stop.
As one of the offenders grabbed the victim and held his hands behind his back, the second offender slashed the victim across the stomach, right hand and right thigh with a bladed instrument.
The victim suffered slash wounds in the attack, which required stitches.
Detective Constable Caroline Craft, of Bournemouth CID, said:
"This was a vicious and unprovoked attack.
"I am appealing for anyone who saw the incident, or has any information about those responsible, to contact Dorset Police.
"All calls will be treated in strict confidence."
The first man is described as white, aged in his early 30s, around six feet tall, of slim build and with short dark hair, which was spiked at the front. He had stubble and spoke with a local accent. He was wearing blue denim jeans, black hiking boots, a black hooded top and a dark-coloured waist-length jacket.
The second man is described as white, aged in his early 30s, five feet nine inches tall, of slim build and had very short dark hair. He was clean shaven and spoke with a northern accent, possibly from Manchester. He was wearing black combat-style trousers with a deep pocket on one side, black boots and a black coat which went past his waist. He was also wearing a dark coloured hooded top.
Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101 quoting incident number 26:11. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.