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Update in relation to reported serious assault in Bournemouth

11 June 2021
Detectives investigating a reported serious assault in Bournemouth town centre have made a second arrest as they continue to carry out their enquiries.

Officers are also renewing their appeal to speak to a potential witness who helped at the scene, as she may have information that could assist the investigation.

Dorset Police received a report that at around 11.50pm on Tuesday 8 June 2021 an 18-year-old man had sustained a stab wound to the chest after being assaulted in Lower Gardens.

It was reported that the victim had been walking in the gardens toward Bournemouth Pier with two friends when they walked past a man and a woman who were sitting on a bench. As they walked past, the man reportedly began shouting and got up and assaulted the victim before he and the woman made off in the direction of Bournemouth Square.

The victim was taken to hospital for treatment and remains in a stable condition.

Following enquiries, an 18-year-old man from Bournemouth has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. He is assisting detectives with their enquiries.

A 16-year-old girl from Poole previously arrested on suspicion of attempted murder has been released on police bail while enquiries continue.

Detective Inspector Shaun Inkpen, of Bournemouth CID, said: “I would like to renew my appeal for anyone who witnessed this incident, or has any information to assist the investigation, to please come forward and speak with the investigation team.

“I am also still keen to speak to a black female member of the public who was reported to have assisted the victim’s friends when they were making a 999 call to police at the scene. We are particularly keen to speak to her as she may have valuable information that could assist the investigation.

“Officers will continue to carry out increased patrols in the area over the weekend and can be approached by any members of the public with information or concerns in relation to this incident.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55210091147. Alternatively, to stay 100 per cent anonymous, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers online at Crimestoppers-uk.org or call freephone 0800 555 111.

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