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Officers in Weymouth are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward after two men were allegedly assaulted in the town - with three men being arrested.
The two separate incidents happened within minutes of each other, at around 4.30pm on Monday 17 September 2012, between the bus station and Swannery car park on Commercial Road.
The victims, aged 23 and 35 from the Weymouth area were reportedly approached by a group of men, with one being head-butted and the other punched in the face.
The victims, who were not known to each other, escaped without serious injury.
Police Constable Steve Brown, of County CID, said:
"These two alleged assaults appear to be connected to the same group of men.
"I would like to speak with anyone who witnessed either of these incidents, or has any information about those involved.
"We are particularly keen to speak to the driver of a silver coloured car, who was forced to stop at the scene to avoid a man who was walking in the road.
"All calls will be treated in the strictest of confidence."
Two boys aged 17, of no fixed abode, and a 19-year-old man from Weymouth have been arrested and released on police bail while enquiries continue.
Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101 quoting incident number 17:344. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.