DETECTIVES investigating two sexual assaults in Bournemouth town centre have released an image of a man they want to speak with.

On Sunday, October 27, around 1am, a woman in her 20s was walking with a friend in Westover Road when they were approached by a man.

Dorset Police say it was reported the man touched the woman's leg and placed his hand underneath her clothing.

Just a short time later another woman, again in her 20s, was approached while alone on the beach near the Harry Ramsden's restaurant.

On this occasion, police say, the man kissed the woman and touched her underneath her clothing. The victim ran away.

Investigators believe both incidents involved the same offender.

Detective Inspector Gavin House, of Bournemouth CID, said: "These incidents were understandably very distressing for the victims and a full investigation is underway.

“I am releasing an image of someone I would like to speak to as they may have information to assist my investigation and I would urge anyone who may recognise him to come forward.

“I am also appealing to anyone who was in the area at the time and saw any suspicious activity to please get in touch.

“There will be increased patrols in the area and officers from the local neighbourhood policing team can be approached with any concerns.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at, via email or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55190169477.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via