A MAN in his 40s was punched and verbally abused by three men outside a cash point before having his bank card stolen in Boscombe last night.

Police are appealing for witnesses or anyone with dashcam footage to come forward following the robbery.

The incident occurred at 10.18pm on Thursday, January 13, at a cash machine outside Premier Crescent Food Hall in Christchurch Road, Boscombe.

The victim – a man from Bournemouth in his 40s – was withdrawing cash from the machine when he was approached by two men, who were verbally abusive toward him.

The victim asked the men to step back, but they subsequently punched him.

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It is reported that a third man then approached and became involved in the incident. During this time, the victim’s bank card was stolen.

He did not sustain any injuries that required hospital treatment.

The men are described by the victim as being in their early 20s, approximately five feet seven to five feet nine inches tall, possibly of Arabian descent and of slim build.

They were all dressed in black clothing.

Detective Constable Jo Regan, of Bournemouth CID, said: “An investigation is underway to identify those responsible for this incident.

“I am appealing to anyone who was in the area and may have witnessed what happened to please come forward.

“I would also ask motorists who were travelling in the Christchurch Road area of Boscombe around the relevant time to please check their dashcam for any footage to help my enquiries.”

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 55220006620. Alternatively, to stay 100 per cent anonymous, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers online at Crimestoppers-uk.org or call Freephone 0800 555 111.