Sudden death of a man in Bournemouth - investigation launched

21 October 2016
Detectives have launched an investigation following the sudden death of a man in Bournemouth – with one man arrested.

At around 3.40am today, Friday 21 October 2016, officers were called by the ambulance service to reports that a man was in a critical condition at an address in Wootton Gardens. Sadly the man was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later.

The man has yet to be identified. The coroner has been notified.

An investigation is underway to establish the circumstances surrounding the man’s death.

A 58-year-old local man has been arrested on suspicion of administering a poison/drug with intent to endanger life and is currently assisting officers with enquiries.

Detective Inspector Neil Wright, of Bournemouth CID, said: “Dorset Police is investigating the man’s death which is being treated as unexplained at this time.

“Enquiries are now underway to establish exactly what happened at this address in Wootton Gardens.
“A cordon has been put in place at the address while crime scene investigators examine the scene. Officers are also carrying out house-to-house enquiries.
“I am appealing for anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious in the Wootton Gardens area yesterday evening or in the early hours of this morning to contact Dorset Police as soon as possible.
“Officers from the local Neighbourhood Policing Team will be carrying out high visibility patrols in the area over the coming days to offer reassurance to the community and can be contacted with any concerns.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at, via email or by calling 101, quoting incident number 21:42. Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or via

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