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Police are stepping up their appeal for witnesses and information after a man was assaulted during a Dorset hunt.

The incident happened last December on Wednesday, 19 December at around 3.25pm during a Portman Hunt in the Crate Hill area in Fifehead St. Quintin.

A 63-year-old Somerset man was watching the event when he was approached by a woman on a horse and struck round the head with a riding crop.

Police Constable Patrick McLoughlin, of North Dorset police, said: “Following extensive enquiries we are now able to release a photo of a woman we would like to track down and speak with in relation to this incident.

“This was an unprovoked assault on a man at a prestigious Dorset event, and we are very keen to find the person responsible.

“Luckily the victim did not require any hospital treatment, but was obviously left shaken by the ordeal.

“The rider’s horse is quite distinctive in that it has a white mark just above it’s eyes and also on it’s nose.

“Witnesses and anyone with information should contact police as soon as possible in the strictest confidence.”

Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101 quoting incident number 19:275. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.

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