Dorset Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a man was allegedly assaulted in Gillingham.

A 55-year-old man was hit several times in the face by an unknown woman on Saturday on Station Road near the NatWest bank.

The woman was pulled away by two men after the victim sustained injuries that required hospital treatment.

The incident occurred between 2.45am and 3.05am.

Detective Constable Jacqui Gravenor, of Weymouth CID, said: “This was an unprovoked attack which left the victim with fractured eye sockets.

“I am appealing for anyone who may have seen the incident to come forward.

“I am particularly keen to speak to a couple who were with the victim outside the Co-Op store on the High Street a short time before the incident as they may have vital information that could help the investigation.”

Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101 quoting incident number 17:67.

Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.