POLICE have issued a CCTV appeal following a hate crime incident in Blandford.

Blandford police officers are currently investigating a racially aggravated criminal damage incident in which racist sentiments were spray painted onto a shop front.

The incident took place at 3.27am on Thursday September 3 in West Street.

Blandford Police constable, Kate Schofield, said: “This was a very unpleasant and upsetting incident for the victim and I would like to reassure them and the community that a detailed investigation is underway. Hate crime of any form will simply not be tolerated in our communities.

“As part of our early enquiries we have obtained a CCTV image of the suspect. While I appreciate the image is not very clear, it may be that someone recognises this person and I would urge them to please contact Dorset Police.

"I would also ask anyone with information to please come forward."

Anyone with information can contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email at 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55200132057.

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