Man punched after row over social distancing

Man punched after row over social distancing

Published by Maria Greenwood at 10:45am 1st June 2020.

A man's been hit in the face and knocked to the ground after row broke out over social distancing at a Dorset supermarket.

Dorset Police say the incident happened at around 5pm on Wednesday (20th May) in the car park of Sainsbury's supermarket in South Street.

It was reported the victim, a man aged in his 40s, had been involved in a verbal exchange with another man, who he did not know, in relation to social distancing while he was shopping in the store.

The two men were then involved in an altercation in the car park and the victim was punched in the jaw, causing him to fall to the ground.

Staff members came out to intervene and both men then left the scene, with the offender getting into a small black hatchback car.

The victim did not require hospital treatment.

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  • The offender is described as white, aged around 35 to 45, about five feet ten inches tall and of medium build.
  • He was possibly wearing a short-sleeved shirt.

Police Constable Sam Everton, of Purbeck police, said:

"We are carrying out enquiries into this incident and I am keen to hear from anyone who may have been in the area at the time and witnessed this altercation.

"I would urge anyone with information that could assist our investigation to come forward."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at, via email or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55200071426.