Two People Hurt In Random Assault In Christchurch

22 January 2014, 10:44 | Updated: 22 January 2014, 10:45

Police in Christchurch are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward after an 'unprovoked' assault on two people, where a man was pushed over into an elderly woman.

It happened at approximately midday on Monday 20 January 2014 outside Halifax Building Society in Saxon Square.

A 51-year-old man from Hunstanton, Norfolk, was pushed by the offender, causing him to collide with a 77-year-old woman, from New Milton. Both fell to the floor, as a result the man received a minor head injury and the woman sustained a minor leg injury.

Police Constable Glenn Stokes, of Christchurch police, said:

“This apparently unprovoked assault caused great distress to both victims. The offender is believed to have made his escape in the direction of Saxon Square.

"I would urge anyone who was in the area at the time and may have witnessed what happened to contact Dorset Police in confidence as soon as possible.”

The offender is described as a white man, with short dark hair, aged between 25 and 35, just over six feet tall and of skinny build. He was wearing light coloured earphones.

Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101, quoting incident number 20:167. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.