A WOMAN was sexually assaulted outside a Bournemouth nightclub in the early hours of New Year's Day.

Police are investigating the incident, which took place outside a fire escape at Cameo in Fir Vale Road between 3.30am and 4.30am.

The victim, a woman aged in her 20s, was sitting down when a man approached and sat down beside her. He then proceeded to sexually assault her. The man was not known to the victim.

Detectives investigating the incident have released a CCTV image of a man they would like to speak to.

Detective Constable Holly Sexton, of Bournemouth CID, said: “We are continuing to support the victim in this case and are carrying out a number of enquiries to identify the man responsible.

“We have obtained a CCTV image of a man we would like to speak to in connection with the incident and I would urge anyone with information as to his identity to please contact us.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk, or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55200000143. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.