A MAN in his 70s was dragged to the ground and kicked in the head several times after challenging a group of teenage cyclists in a park.

The victim challenged six or seven teenage boys who rode past him at speed in the middle of a footpath in Redhill Park.

He was then forced to the ground and attacked with kicks to his head and lower back.

Now police have appealed for witnesses to the incident, which took place at around 1pm on Sunday November 3.

The victim suffered a cut and bruising to his head as well as internal bruising to his lower back.

The main offender in the group of teenagers is described as white, of chubby build and around five feet ten inches tall with brown, cropped, medium-length hair. He was wearing a full navy blue tracksuit, possibly with Slazenger branding.

Police Constable Liam Pryer, of North Bournemouth police, said: "This was a cowardly attack on an elderly man and we are carrying out a detailed investigation to identify the offenders.

"I would urge anyone who witnessed the assault or who has any information that can assist our investigation to please contact us.

"The incident occurred around 100 metres from Redhill Avenue on the path leading from Hill View Road and I understand there were at least two other people in the area who may have seen what happened."

Information to Dorset Police on 101, quoting occurrence number 55190173467, or the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111.