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Police reassure public after alleged assault in Poole

Police in Poole are reassuring the public following an alleged assault off Wimborne Road.

Detectives are currently investigating the incident that occurred after 3pm on Thursday 28 January 2016 in an alleyway close to Poole High School.

A 17-year-old boy was taken to hospital for treatment to a single stab wound. His condition was not life-threatening and he has since left hospital. No one else was injured in the incident.

The weapon has not been recovered as yet and detectives are keeping an open mind as to what weapon was involved, but it is not believed to be a knife.

Officers from the Poole Neighbourhood Policing Team have been carrying out high-visibility patrols in the town to reassure the community, and this will continue.

Poole Neighbourhood Inspector Shawn Whitley, said: “While I am fully aware that this incident will have caused great concern to the community, I would like to reassure them that a full and robust investigation is underway to get to the bottom of exactly what happened.

“There will continue to be a heightened police presence in the area while enquiries take place and I would like to thank the community for their assistance and co-operation.

“Should any residents have concerns our local neighbourhood policing team can be contacted to answer any questions and offer assurances.

“I would also like to reiterate that this incident was not connected to the alleged assault in Poole Park on Saturday.

“Finally, if anyone has any information that may help detectives with their investigation I would ask them to please call police on 101 quoting incident number 28:260.”

A 15-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of assault and is currently assisting police with their enquiries.

Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101 quoting incident number 28:260. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.

Issued: 29 January 2016