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Murder investigation launched in Bournemouth

Detectives in Bournemouth have launched a murder investigation following the death of a woman in the town centre – with one man being arrested.

At just after 12.30pm today, Sunday 30 March 2014, Dorset Police responded to a report of a serious incident along St Michael’s Road in Bournemouth.

Officers attended and located the body of a deceased woman in a property along St Michael’s Road. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

The woman has not been identified and, consequently, her next of kin have not yet been made aware. The Coroner has been notified.

A man has been detained and is helping police with their enquires.

Detective Inspector Stewart Balmer, of the Major Crime Investigation Team, said: “A murder investigation has been launched and is in its early stages.

“If anyone has any information about this incident I urge them to call Dorset Police at the earliest possible opportunity.”

A cordon was established and a section of St Michael’s Road, near Purbeck Road, was closed.

Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101, quoting incident number 30:185. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.

Issued: 30 March 2014


UPDATED 1 April 2014

The arrested man is 58 years old and from Bournemouth. He has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is helping the police with enquiries.