Investigation underway following incidents in Poole

11 July 2018
Detectives have launched an investigation following two serious incidents in Poole.

At 11.14am today, Wednesday 11 July 2018, Dorset Police received a report from a hospital that they were concerned for the welfare of a female patient in her 40s, who had been transferred to the critical care unit after being admitted to hospital on Saturday 7 July 2018. It has been reported that she had sustained bruising and had collapsed.

Officers are investigating the circumstances of how the woman came to be in such a critical condition. A property in Knowlton Road forms part of that ongoing investigation.

At 2.20pm today officers were called to reports that the body of a man had been found in woods off Leicester Road. He has yet to be identified and his next of kin have not been notified. 

At this time his death is being treated as suspicious. The area has been cordoned off while officers carry out their investigations.

Detectives from Bournemouth CID are investigating both incidents.

A 40-year-old man from Poole has been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm with intent on the woman and on suspicion of murder in relation to the second incident and is currently assisting officers with their enquiries.

Detective Chief Inspector Steve Symms, of Bournemouth CID, said: “These investigations are in the very early stages and at this time there is little more information we can give.

“I would like to reassure the public that our enquiries will be detailed and I would like to thank residents for their patience and understanding while we carry out our investigations.

“I would urge anyone who has any information in relation to either investigation to please contact Dorset Police.”

Poole Neighbourhood Inspector Ady Thompson said: “Residents will see a police presence at both Leicester Road and Knowlton Road and will see some extra neighbourhood patrols on the streets over the next few days.

“Anybody who has any concerns is encouraged to approach these officers and speak to them, or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at, via email or by calling 101, quoting incident number 11:268. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via

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