Bournemouth stabbing: Man arrested on suspicion of murder

Empty Durley Chine Beach
Amie Gray, 34, was fatally stabbed on the beach on Friday night [BBC]

A 20-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a woman who was fatally stabbed on a Bournemouth beach.

Two women from Poole were stabbed on Durley Chine Beach at around 11:45 BST on May 24.

Amie Gray, a 34-year-old personal trainer, died at the scene, while a 38-year-old woman with serious injuries remains in hospital.

Police said the man, from Croydon, London, was arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted murder.

Det Supt Richard Dixey, from Dorset Police's major crime investigation team, said: "The investigation has progressed at speed over recent days, which has now led to an arrest being made in London.

"Officers from Dorset Police intelligence and firearms teams worked together with colleagues from the Metropolitan Police to carry out the arrest."

Flowers have been left at the scene of the stabbing
Flowers have been left at the scene of the stabbing [BBC]

A cordon put in place along the promenade has now been lifted but searches continue.

On Tuesday morning, search teams could be seen lowering themselves down the cliff on ropes, hacking back undergrowth.

Residents spoke of their shock following the stabbings, with some saying they were "scared", while others were reassured by the police response.

On Sunday, police issued CCTV images of a man they want to speak to in a bid to prompt witnesses to come forward.

Ms Gray was head coach at Dorset Futsal Club, a women's indoor football team.

In a statement posted on Facebook the club said it was "truly devastating news".

Search teams on ropes scour the cliffs for evidence
Search teams on ropes scour the cliffs for evidence [BBC]

A 17-year-old boy from Lancashire who was arrested on suspicion of murder following the stabbing has since been eliminated from enquiries.

Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner David Sidwick said: "The death of the woman on Bournemouth beach is a tragedy, and my thoughts and condolences are with her family, friends, and loved ones.

"I know Dorset Police are working relentlessly to ensure the person responsible is brought to justice."

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