A MAN has suffered serious head injuries in an alleged assault that took place in broad daylight, raising concerns about the safety of residents.

A man was allegedly assaulted on Weymouth Town Bridge, near the junction with Trinity Street, where he sustained serious head injuries and was taken to hospital by air ambulance. His condition is stable.

A 28-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of assault.

Councillors have been expressing their concerns about the number of seriously violent crimes that have been taking place in Weymouth, following a sexual assault attack near Lodmoor Holiday Park last week.

Cllr Tia Roos, who represents the Melcombe Regis ward, was 'shocked' to hear about the alleged assault. She said: "I'm extremely shocked regarding the assault that took place that caused such a serious injury.

"My heart goes out to the man and to his family and friends who must all be worried sick.

"The fact that somebody could be attacked or harmed in such a way in broad daylight while there are families and kids around is terrifying, and for it to happen so soon after the sexual assault in Lodmoor is frightening."

Dorset Echo: Police officers on the Weymouth Town Bridge. Picture: Michael TaylorPolice officers on the Weymouth Town Bridge. Picture: Michael Taylor

Cllr Roos is worried that the mental health impact of lockdown has led to some people becoming more aggressive.

She said: "It feels like the whole world is on edge right now with the pandemic as well as protests on issues around capitalism and Palestine - I think right now the world is not a stable place and a lot of people are finding it hard to cope.

"I think people are struggling to regulate their emotions since coming out of lockdown. I know it is really hard as some people won't have had much support over the past year, but this kind of aggressive behaviour simply cannot continue.

"People need to be safe in Weymouth."

Cllr Ryan Hope, who represents the Westham East ward, thinks there needs to be a greater number of police officers around Weymouth Harbour to deter fighting and anti-social behaviour.

Dorset Echo: A man suffered serious head injuries in an alleged assault in Weymouth Picture: Michael TaylorA man suffered serious head injuries in an alleged assault in Weymouth Picture: Michael Taylor

He said: "It is deeply disappointing to hear about the recent assault and it is frustrating that the minority of people are out for trouble when everyone else is there to enjoy themselves.

"We need some extra police support to deter behaviour like this from happening. People have been locked up for more than a year and Covid has had such a negative impact on people's mental wellbeing so we need a stronger police presence in the town to reflect that.

"Weymouth is looking at having a bumper summer season as lockdown restrictions ease even more so we cannot have this kind of violence or anti-social behaviour happening on the harbourside.

"It is important we have more police so that businesses can thrive and people will feel safe.

"I hope we see additional boots on the ground soon."