Bournemouth: CCTV images released of suspect after woman stabbed to death on beach | UK News

Detectives probing the deadly stabbing of a woman on a Bournemouth beach have published CCTV snapshots of a suspect. Dorset Police responded to reports of two women being stabbed on Durley Chine Beach around 11.45pm on Friday. A 34-year-old woman from nearby Poole was declared dead at the scene, while a 38-year-old woman, who suffered severe injuries, is still hospitalized and undergoing treatment. A 17-year-old boy from the Lancashire region, who was detained on suspicion of murder, remains in custody. Authorities have released CCTV snapshots of a suspect dressed in dark attire with a hood covering his head. Officers are convinced there was just one perpetrator and the CCTV snapshots are of the suspect at the location, with investigations ongoing to ascertain his identity, reported PA news agency.

Image: Law enforcement officials at the location on Saturday. Pic: PA

Detective Superintendent Richard Dixey commented: “Since this heartbreaking occurrence was reported, we have been vigorously advancing the investigation, gathering as much intelligence as possible to provide answers for the grieving relatives of the young woman who tragically lost her life and for the surviving victim. Our sympathies remain with them.” He added, “We are now in a position to release CCTV snapshots of the suspect. I would like to appeal to anyone who was around Durley Chine Beach from Friday 24 May to Saturday 25 May 2024 and may have seen the individual pictured or anything out of the ordinary to please come forward.”

The detective mentioned that anyone in the vicinity of Durley Roundabout, West Cliff Gardens, Durley Gardens, or West Cliff Drive might hold “crucial information.” Appealing for evidence, DS Dixey said: “Did you observe anyone behaving suspiciously, especially between 10pm and midnight? Do you have dashcam or CCTV recordings that might aid the investigation?” Anyone who thinks they recognize the individual in the CCTV snapshots should reach out to the police.

The beach where the attack transpired is one of Bournemouth‘s most frequented, as per Visit Dorset, and is situated west of the pier. “We are evidently very aware of the apprehensions this incident has caused and continues to cause,” stated DS Dixey. “The influence on our communities and safeguarding our public remains our primary concern.” The elevated police presence in the area will remain as long as needed, and if anyone has any worries, they should feel free to converse with an officer.

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