POLICE hunting a man who kicked his dog and racially abused a man who asked him to stop have released an image.

The racially aggravated public order incident took place at around 9am on Thursday April 22 near Boscombe pier in Bournemouth.

The victim - a local man in his 50s - asked him to stop kicking his dog.

A verbal altercation occurred, during which the man was racially abusive toward the victim and another member of the public that was in the vicinity.

Officers attended and carried out a search of the area for the man with the dog, but he was not located.

Police Constable Cameron McGlone, of Bournemouth police, said: "Following enquiries, I am now in a position to release an image of a man I would like to identify. I would ask anyone who recognises him to please get in touch.

"Dorset Police does not tolerate incidents of hate crime and we will carry out a thorough investigation into this report."

Information to Dorset Police on 101, quoting occurrence number 55210062770, or the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111.