POLICE have released an image of a man wanted in connection with an assault during a confrontation involving suspected flytippers – a month after the incident took place.
The local victim, who is in his 50s, was attacked and his camera damaged as he recorded himself telling two men to retrieve waste he said they had dumped down a Christchurch footpath on Tuesday 22nd September.
As reported in the A&T, he captured footage showing a white van driving down the restricted path off Ambury Lane around 11am and apparently unloading the haul of rubbish.
He advanced on the vehicle as it started to drive off, shouting at the two male occupants to pick up the waste.
The passenger then got out and started collecting bags and other rubbish from an abandoned burnt-out car and loaded them back in the van.
But while carrying another load back, the man mouthed abuse and kicked out at the victim, hitting the camera he was holding.
A video later posted on YouTube ended with images of the broken Panasonic camera and the victim’s bruised fingers. He was left shaken but suffered no other injuries, according to police.
PC Amy Bowkis said: “As part of our enquiries I have obtained an image of the suspect, and efforts to identify him so far have not been successful.
“I would ask anyone who knows who he is to please contact Dorset Police.”
The footage of the incident prompted many messages of support for the victim and condemnation of the attack on Facebook in the days after it took place.
One user, Matthew Cheater, set up an online fundraising page, inviting people to contribute towards the cost of replacing the broken camera.
On Tuesday the Gofundme page at https://bit.ly/3kgclxV had collected £181 out of a £500 target from 11 donors.
Those with information should contact the force on 101, quoting crime reference number 55200143170, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.