A 34-year-old man was kicked and punched by four men in Poole in what police are calling a racially motivated attack.

 Officers are appealing for witnesses to the incident, which happened some time between midnight and 12.30am on Saturday July 19 at the bus station at the Dolphin Centre.

A 34-year-old man from London, who is of Asian appearance, was standing at the bus stop when he was grabbed by two men.

They dragged him to the rear of the bus depot and kicked and punched him. They are described as white, approximately 30-years-old, about five feet nine inches tall and of slim build.

A few minutes later they were joined by two more men, one of whom is described as fat. 

The victim sustained injuries to his face which required hospital treatment.

Police Constable Jason Pope, of Poole police, said: “This appears to be nasty, unprovoked attack that may be racially motivated.

“I would urge witnesses to the incident or anyone who saw suspicious activity in the area to come forward as soon as possible.

“I am keen to speak to anyone who may have information that can assist with the investigation to contact the police in confidence.”

Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101, quoting incident number 19:74. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.