A MAN has come forward to police after a taxi driver was assaulted in a racially-aggravated incident in Poole.

The taxi driver aged in his 40s picked up two men and a woman in Market Street at around 12.05am on Sunday, July 8, 2018.

Another woman tried to get into the vehicle but the driver said he had no more room and she left.

Moments later, the vehicle was driving on Old Orchard when one of the male passengers jumped forward out of his seat and made racist remarks toward the taxi driver.

The driver stopped the vehicle and told the man to get out, but he refused.

The driver took his phone out and took a photo of the man, who then reportedly hit the victim’s hand, causing the phone to strike him in the face.

He then reportedly hit the taxi driver in the face.

The victim struggled with the man to get him out of the car and his phone was damaged during the incident.

Police released the image taken by the taxi driver in the hope someone will be able to identify the man.

Dorset Police said: "Following a photo appeal being issued, a 50-year-old man from Poole has come forward to officers and is assisting them with their enquiries. No arrests have been made."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police quoting occurrence number 55180106566.