A MAN forced a woman’s hand down his trousers in an alleyway in Christchurch.

The incident occurred at around 2am on March 15 when the victim, a 19-year-old, had spent an evening in Soho bar with family.

She left and began walking down High Street where she was approached by a man near to the Regent Cinema, they then walked together down an alleyway by Kelly’s Kitchen.

The man then pulled down his trousers, grabbed the victim’s hand and forced her to touch him sexually.

The victim tried to pull away but the offender again forced her to put her hand down his trousers while she was against a wall. He eventually walked away.

The victim sustained minor bruising and grazes as a result of the incident.

Police officers investigating the incident have now released images of a man they would like to speak to.

Police Constable Mark Mills, of East Dorset police, said: “This was a very distressing ordeal for the victim and we have been carrying out a number of enquiries into this incident.

“As part of our investigation I am issuing a CCTV image of a man I would like to speak to.

“I would ask anyone who recognises him to please get in touch.”

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 55200039766. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.