Image appeal following sexual assault in Bournemouth

Alert message sent 09/07/2021 11:55:00

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Detectives have launched an investigation after a woman was sexually assaulted in Bournemouth and are issuing an image of a man they would like to speak to as part of their investigation.

At around 2.25am on Wednesday 7 July 2021 the victim – a young woman – was approached by a man as she walked along Charminster Road.

The man then walked with the victim along Heron Court Road and made several attempts to kiss her. The victim was subsequently sexually assaulted by the man at an address in Markham Road.

The offender was reportedly carrying a rucksack that had a speaker within it and was playing music. It is believed he may be eastern European.

Detective Inspector Simon Huxter, of Dorset Police’s Major Crime Investigation Team, said: “The victim in this incident is being supported by specially-trained officers.

“As part of our enquiries we have obtained an image of a man we are keen to identify as part of our investigation and I would urge anyone with information as to his identity to please contact us.

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“I would also ask motorists with dashcams and residents with home CCTV systems or doorbell cameras in the vicinity to please check their footage for anything relevant.  

“There will be an increased police presence in the area as our investigation continues and local officers can be approached by members of the community with any information or concerns.

“It is completely unacceptable for any woman to be subjected to this type of behaviour and Dorset Police is absolutely committed to doing all we can to investigate reports of this nature and bring offenders to justice.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at, via email or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55210107989. Alternatively, to stay 100 per cent anonymous, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers online at or call freephone 0800 555 111.
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Julie Heath (Dorset Police, Neighbourhood Alert Officer, Dorset)

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