Police appeal for witnesses after violent Broad Street incident

POLICE are appealing for witnesses to come forward following a violent incident in Broad Street, Lyme Regis, in which a metal crowbar was reportedly thrown at a man.  

The incident took place a 4.54pm on Wednesday, August 12 and was said to have been watched by dozens of shocked residents and visitors in the town centre. Limited details were released by the police at the time, but one eyewitness described the incident as “truly horrifying”.

Further details have now emerged, with police saying the altercation involved two men and a woman outside at the top of Broad Street. It is reported that one of the offenders threw a metal crowbar at one man before attempting to drive at him.

No serious injuries were sustained and no arrests have been made.

Police Constable Mike Rumsby, of Bridport Police, said: “A full investigation is underway into this incident and I would urge anyone who witnessed what happened and has not yet spoken to officers to please contact Dorset Police.

“Officers from the local neighbourhood policing team will be continuing with their high visibility patrols and can be approached with any concerns.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55200120079.

Alternatively, to stay 100 per cent anonymous, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers online at Crimestoppers-uk.org or call freephone 0800 555 111.

The altercation in Broad Street was the latest in a spate of concerning incidents and increased reports of anti-social behaviour, which has led to increased police patrols and security guards being employed to patrol the seafront on a nightly basis.

The Mayor of Lyme Regis, Councillor Brian Larcombe, has also called for an increased police presence in the town.

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