A MAN was pinned down while offensive language and symbols were tattooed onto his body.
The man was ‘forcibly held against his will’ throughout the incident in Columbia Road, Bournemouth.
Seven people, all known to the victim, were later arrested on suspicion of false imprisonment and committing grievous bodily harm with intent.
They have been released on police bail while detectives continue their enquiries.
Detectives investigating the reported assault are appealing for anyone with relevant information to come forward.
Police said the reported incident happened at around 9.30pm on Saturday, December 2.
Detective Constable Thomas Norman, of Bournemouth CID, said: “An investigation into this incident is ongoing to establish what happened.
“It is likely that this incident was shared extensively online and as a result generated a lot of interest on social media platforms, so I am appealing to anyone who received photos or videos of the incident to please come forward and assist us.
“I would also urge anyone who witnessed the incident who hasn’t spoken to the police already to please come forward.”
Anyone with information can contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55230190125.
Alternatively, independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously online at Crimestoppers-uk.org or by calling Freephone 0800 555 111.