A TEENAGE boy was "punched" and held near the live rail tracks at Dorchester South train station, police said.

It was reported that a teenage boy was assaulted by another boy, who was known to him, at Dorchester South train station.

The victim was punched on the platform and the offender then grabbed hold of the victim and held on to him near to the live rail tracks, making threats.

Two members of the public intervened and gave the victim a lift home in a red car but the boy did not get their details.

Police are appealing for the two witnesses who came to the aid of the victim to come forward.

The incident was reported to have happened between 7pm and 10pm on Monday, February 12, - but police have just released the information to the public.

Police Constable Jacob Conachie, of Dorset Police, said: “Fortunately the young victim did not suffer any serious injuries as a result of this incident, but it did leave him understandably distressed and it has taken some time to obtain full details from him.

“Following further enquiries, I am now looking to identify the two people who came to the assistance of this teenage boy at Dorchester South station and kindly gave him a lift home.

"I would urge these people to please make contact with us so we can take their account of what they saw.”

Police confirmed the alleged assault was unrelated to a concern for welfare incident at the same train station earlier that day.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting number 55240026697.

Alternatively, independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously online at Crimestoppers-uk.org or by calling Freephone 0800 555 111.