TWO people in Halloween costumes rescued a man who was allegedly beaten and dragged along the ground during a 'robbery' in Bournemouth town centre.

Police have called for witnesses to come forward after the alleged incident, which happened at 12.40am on Friday, November 1 in Old Christchurch Road.

A man in his 40s was walking near to the Dalkeith Steps when he stopped to have a quick chat to a homeless man with a staffy-type dog.

As he turned and walked away, a second man, who had also spoken to the homeless man, allegedly ran up behind him and attacked him.

Officers investigating the incident say the complainant was dragged back down Old Christchurch Road to the front of the Dalkeith Arcade.

He was then allegedly repeatedly punched. When he tried to run away, his alleged assailant followed him and punched him again on the back of the head, which caused him to fall to the ground.

It is claimed the complainant was pinned to the ground before the man went through his pockets and stole a mobile phone, e-cigarette and keys.

Two members of the public in Halloween fancy dress intervened and the alleged offender made off in the direction of Horseshoe Common.

A 25-year-old man of no fixed abode has now been charged with robbery.

He appeared at Poole Magistrates’ Court today and is next due to appear at Bournemouth Crown Court on Thursday, December 5.

Detective Constable Steph Ashworth, of Bournemouth CID, has called for anyone with information to come forward. She said she is especially keen to speak to the two people in fancy dress.

To speak to officers, visit or call 101, quoting 55190172206.