CCTV images have been released in the hunt for attackers who left a man with serious head injuries and sparked a search by armed police.

Officers hope people will come forward after a man in his 20s was assaulted near the skate park in Bournemouth's Kings Park.

Ambulance crews alerted police to the incident at 10.16pm on Tuesday July 7. The victim was taken to hospital.

Searches were carried out, including armed officers.

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Two boys, aged 14 and 16 from Bournemouth, were arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm with intent. They have both been released under investigation while enquiries continue.

Detective Constable Jordan Curtis, of Bournemouth CID, said: “As part of my investigation I have obtained CCTV footage of a man who was in the area at the time of the incident and may have important information that could assist my investigation.

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“I would ask this man, or anyone who knows who he is, to please contact Dorset Police.”

Information to Dorset Police on 101, quoting occurrence number 55200098714, or the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111.