Woman, 38, still fighting for life after Bournemouth beach double stabbing

A woman has died after being stabbed on a beach in Bournemouth, Dorset (PA Wire)
A woman has died after being stabbed on a beach in Bournemouth, Dorset (PA Wire)

A woman who was seriously injured in a double stabbing on a beach in Bournemouth that claimed the life of another remains fighting for her life in hospital, police have said.

Dorset Police says the 38-year-old, who is from Poole, is still being treated by medics after she was knifed on Durley Chine Beach shortly before midnight on Friday, May 24.

Another woman, aged 34 and also from Poole, who was also found with stab wounds at the scene in the popular tourist destination was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

Dorset Detective Superintendent Richard Dixey said: “Since we received the report of this tragic incident where a woman has lost her life and another woman has been seriously injured, our detectives – assisted by many colleagues around the organisation – have worked tirelessly to progress the investigation.

“Our thoughts remain with family and friends of the victims who are being supported by specialist officers during this incredibly difficult time.

“We recognise the impact this incident has on our communities and are aware of speculation already appearing online about the possible circumstances.”

Officers have said there will be an increased police presence over the next few days as they seek to reassure the local community.

DS Dixey urged people not to speculate on the case.

“It is important to state that our investigation is still in the very early stages and it is unhelpful to speculate as to why this tragedy has happened, especially as an arrest has been made,” he said.

“Further updates will be provided as the investigation develops.

“I want to reassure our communities in Dorset as well as the many people who choose to visit our county during the bank holiday weekend that we are exploring all available lines of enquiry to establish the motives for this horrendous incident.”

Detectives have also urged people with information to come forward, particularly those who were in the vicinity of Durley Chine beach between 10pm on Friday and midnight.

Those with information are being asked to call 101 quoting occurrence number 55240078013.

Alternatively, independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously online at Crimestoppers-uk.org or by calling Freephone 0800 555 111.