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Unprovoked attack in Dorchester street
6:03pm Thursday 19th September 2013 in News
A MAN has told how he was hit over the head with a weapon in a daylight street attack in Dorchester.
The victim of the assault in Windsor Road was taken to hospital after being struck over the back of the head with what was believed to be a baseball bat or a hammer.
The attack happened at about 3.45pm near the junction with Coburg Road yesterday. His attackers fled in a white van after the assault.
The 37 year old victim was treated at hospital for cuts to the back of his head but was released shortly afterwards and was helping scenes of crime officers who attended the scene.
He told the Echo when he returned to the scene: “I was attacked with something.
“Somebody came round the side of a van and smacked me round the back of the head.
“When they hit me they knocked me sideways.”
The victim, who asked not to be named, said he did not see who had attacked him but said he believed it was a case of mistaken identity.
Residents in Windsor Road said they knew little of what was going on.
One said: “I don’t have a clue what’s going on, I don’t think anybody does.
“We just saw the police cars at around 4.30pm.”
Another resident said he believed it was a domestic incident and had involved the use of a baseball bat.
Another resident added: “I saw the street was sealed off and the police in the street.”
Inspector Steve Marsh, of Dorchester Police, said: “There was an assault reported where we have a male who has been hit on the head with an implement, either a baseball bat or a hammer and he’s gone to hospital.”
He added that the police had been given a description of a vehicle seen in the street and enquiries were continuing.
A spokesman for Dorset Police later added: “At 3.45pm today Dorset Police received a report that a 37-year-old Dorchester man had been assaulted in the area of Windsor Road, Dorchester.
“The man was treated at hospital and is not believed to be seriously injured.
“The attack occurred in the street and the offenders are believed to have left the scene in a white wan.
“We are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident or who could assist with identifying anyone involved to contact Dorset Police.”
Anyone with information can call Dorset Police on 101, quoting incident number I19:20.
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