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A search has been launched for a man who is believed to have gone missing in Dorset without wearing any clothes.
Dorset Police have released an image of a man they are looking for after a young teen was assaulted in a Poole shopping centre.
A 16-year-old boy was headbutted outside the Dolphin Shopping Centre in Poole after he was aggressively shouted at for no reason.
The boy was waiting for a bus at 2.20pm on Sunday 8th June when the victim asked the suspect what he was doing.
The man reacted by head-butting the boy then running off towards the service road.
Police Constable Simon Young, of Poole police, said: "Following enquiries I am now able to release a CCTV image of a man we wish to speak with. It is possible that he has information that can assist with the investigation.
"I urge the man pictured - or anyone who recognises him - to contact the police as soon as possible.
"All calls are treated with the strictest confidence."
Homes have been flooded, transport severely disrupted, and offices closed after thunderstorms hit parts of Sussex early today. Brighton and Hove was hit hardest - torrential rain and hailstones bringing chaos to the city. Malcolm Shaw sends this.
Above, the weather for the west of the Meridian region - and below we have the forecast for the South East.
The pollen count is moderate across the Meridian region.
INFO: 15:51 London Victoria to Brighton has been cancelled due to poor weather conditions earlier.
Some train services have been delayed because of the heavy rain and storms across the south.
INFO: 16:12 Portsmouth Harbour to Victoria will be started from Portsmouth & Southsea at 16:16 due to poor weather conditions earlier
Freak weather has hit the south coast following the recent heatwave. Lightning and heavy rain caused flashfloods in the region.
Two weeks worth of rain fell in just an hour this morning, battering England's south coast and causing flash flooding and disruption on the roads and rail. The Met Office said a "deeply unstable airmass" caused the storms.
ITV News reporter Richard Pallot reports: