A MAN in his 50s was punched in the chest and throat, after a woman appeared to be sabotaging his photography.

In the morning of November 16, at around 9.10am, the victim was taking photographs at Stour Meadows in Blandford, when he became involved in a verbal exchange with a woman who was walking a German Shepherd dog.

The woman appeared to be attempting to sabotage his photos by getting in the way and disturbing the wildlife with her dog.

The woman then walked off and at around 9.45am a man approached the victim accompanied by the same German Shepherd dog.

He swore at the victim and punched him in the chest and then throat, before making threats of further violence and walking off.

The man is described as white, aged around 30, around five feet eight inches tall and with ginger hair and a stubble beard. He was wearing a brown jacket.

The victim did not sustain any serious injuries as a result of the assault.

Police Constable Kate Schofield of Blandford police said: “This incident left the victim understandably distressed and we are keen to identify those involved.

“We have obtained an image that is believed to be of the woman involved in the initial verbal exchange and I would ask anyone with information as to her identity to please contact us.

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“I would also ask any witnesses or anyone who recognises the description given for the man responsible for this assault to get in touch.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55200172499.