TWO men – including one in his 70s – were assaulted at a fireworks display in Verwood after a group of youths tried to gain entry to the show while it was closing.
Police were called at around 11.14pm on Saturday (October 28) to reports of an assault at the Flameburst fireworks display, in a field off Crane Drive.
It was reported a group of male young people attempted to gain entry while the event was closing.
A male volunteer – aged in his 70s – refused them entry and was subsequently assaulted by the group, causing him to fall to the floor, Dorset Police said.
A second man attempted to help the victim, but was punched to the side of the head.
Both men sustained injuries that are not believed to be serious and attended hospital for treatment.
Police have now released CCTV images of people they would like to trace in connection with the incident.
PC Rhianna Sly, of East Dorset police, said: “The violence demonstrated during this incident is completely unacceptable and we are doing all we can to support the victims and identify those responsible.
“Our enquiries are continuing and I would urge anyone who was at the event and saw what happened to please come forward.
“I have obtained a CCTV image of the suspects and while it is of very low quality, I would like to issue it in the hope that it may jog someone’s memory.
“Also, I am appealing to anyone within the vicinity who may have captured the group on CCTV footage and may be able to assist my enquiries.
“The local neighbourhood policing team is fully aware and can be approached by anyone with any information or concerns.”
Anyone with information should contact Dorset Police via www.dorset.police.uk or on 101, quoting incident number 55230171448. They can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously via Crimestoppers-uk.org or by calling 0800 555 111.