Bournemouth stabbing: Police issue CCTV image of beach murder suspect

Police investigating the murder of a woman stabbed to death on a beach have released a CCTV image of a suspect.

A 34-year-old woman, from Poole, died at the scene on Durley Chine Beach in Bournemouth shortly before midnight on Friday.

Another woman, 38, was seriously injured and is receiving treatment in hospital, Dorset Police said.

A 17-year-old boy, from Lancashire, who was arrested on suspicion of murder remains in custody.

Flowers at Durley Chine Beach
A woman died at the scene and another was taken to hospital with serious injuries [BBC]

Det Supt Richard Dixey, of the major crime investigation team, said: "We are now in a position to issue CCTV images of the suspect."

He urged anyone who was in the area of Durley Chine beach during the night from Friday to Saturday - and may have seen the person pictured or anything unusual - to contact the force.

"Similarly, anyone who was in the area of Durley Roundabout, West Cliff Gardens, Durley Gardens or West Cliff Drive during that night might have vital clues that could help us," he said.

Earlier, police sought to "reassure" residents and visitors they "are investigating at pace" the "horrendous incident".

An online portal has been set up so people can submit information.

On Saturday, people arriving at the beach were turned away by police due to an extensive cordon.

Officers guarding the cordon were unable to say how long it would remain in place, during what would normally be a busy Bank Holiday weekend.

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