Dorset

Woman punched in Bournemouth religiously-aggravated assault

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Image caption The man is described as in his 40s and speaking with a Scottish accent

A man who punched a Turkish woman in the face in a religiously-aggravated assault in Bournemouth is being hunted by police.

The young woman was on Charminster Road on Saturday at 02:20 BST when a man with a Scottish accent approached her.

The man then made a religious slur and punched her.

He is described as being in his 40s, stocky, and wearing a grey tracksuit and grey hoodie with the hood up.

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Image caption The Turkish woman was walking along Charminster Road when the attack happened

The woman suffered bruising to her head, but did not require hospital treatment.

Deputy neighbourhood inspector Jonathan Wasey said: "This was a vicious and unprovoked attack on a young woman as she walked alone.

"Racially motivated incidents such as this have no place in our community and they will simply not be tolerated. A full investigation is under way to find the offender."

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