A MAN suffered a fractured vertebra following an argument and an assault in a Poole pub.
The man, in his 60s and from Poole, had an argument in the seating area outside the Poole Arms at The Quay with a male dog owner.
The dog owner then approached the victim and pushed him in the chest, causing him to fall to the ground.
Initially, the victim’s injuries were not thought to be serious, but it was later confirmed that he had sustained a fractured vertebra.
The incident took place between 5pm and 5.30pm on Sunday, September 3, and officers investigating the assault are appealing for information.
The suspect is described as white, aged between 55 and 60, five feet 10 inches tall and of slim build, with short greying hair.
He was with a Jack Russell dog that was white with black and brown patches.
Police constable Daniel Goodman, of Poole police, said: “I am conducting enquiries into this incident and would urge anyone who may have seen what happened to please get in touch.
“I am particularly keen to speak to anyone who may recognise the suspect from the description given.”
Anyone with information should contact Dorset Police at dorset.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55230139683. Alternatively, independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously online at Crimestoppers-uk.org or by calling Freephone 0800 555 111.