POLICE are appealing for information after a man attempted to a grab a box of change from a bus driver in Christchurch.

The incident occurred at around 4.35pm on Monday as the 1A service travelling from Bournemouth stopped on Purewell, near its junction with Stanpit.

The offender is described as black, aged in his 40s with short frizzy hair and was wearing a baseball cap.

He was dressed in dark clothing, possibly a leather jacket and was carrying a red and black rucksack.

The driver was assaulted during the incident and sustained a minor injury. Nothing was stolen.

Detective Constable Luke Davis, of Bournemouth CID, said: "I am appealing for anyone who was on the bus at the time of the incident or who has any further information to contact me.

"I believe there may have been several young families on the bus at the time and it was reported that the offender may have been offensive and acted anti-socially prior to the offence being carried out.

"In particular I wish to speak to a woman with blonde hair who may have filmed the incident on her mobile phone. I believe this footage may assist me with my investigation."

Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101 quoting incident number 6:338. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.