A MAN was punched in the face as he sat in a BMW X5 with another man outside a Poole hotel.

The victim, 72, was attacked following a row, which happened sometime between 11.45am and midday on Saturday, March 3.

Police investigating the incident say an 'altercation' broke out between the victim and the second man as they sat inside the silver car. The vehicle was parked outside the Travelodge in Holes Bay Road at the time.

During the row, the victim was hit on the mouth. He suffered a cut to his lip.

Both the victim and then attacker then got out of the car and exchanged words. A further incident then took place in the car park before the second man got into a Land Rover Discovery.

A 48-year-old man from Wrexham voluntary attended the police station to be questioned on suspicion of assault and has been released under investigation pending further enquiries.

Both men are known to each other.

PC Riona Hanley, of Poole police, said: “This incident occurred on a Saturday morning and, while it may not have been as busy as normal because of the snow, I believe there were a number of people in the area at the time who may have witnessed all or part of the incident."

Anyone with information is asked to contact police via dorset.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting 55180032648.