DORSET Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was attacked by a gang of thugs, one of which had a metal bar, in Bournemouth's Upper Gardens. 

The victim of the assault, described as a man in his 30s, was attacked by a group of five men who were known to him.

Police say one of the men was brandishing a metal bar.

The attack took place at 11pm on Wednesday, September 15 in Upper Gardens between the tennis courts and the war memorial.

As the victim tried to run away, he was pushed into the water.

The victim sustained a fractured cheek and abdominal injuries and was taken to hospital to receive treatment.

Detective Inspector Darren Moores, of Bournemouth CID, said: “An investigation is underway and I am appealing to anyone who witnessed what happened to please come forward.

“I am particularly keen to hear from anyone who may have been walking through the Upper Gardens at around 10.50pm until 11pm on the day of the incident as they may have important information to assist my enquiries.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at, via email or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55210149718. Alternatively, to stay 100 per cent anonymous, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers online at or call Freephone 0800 555 111.