Boy arrested on suspicion of murder after woman is stabbed to death on beach in Bournemouth

A teenager has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a woman was stabbed to death on a beach in Bournemouth.

Police were called to Durley Chine Beach at around 11.40pm on Friday, just as the bank holiday weekend was getting underway.

A 34-year-old woman from Poole was pronounced dead at the scene and a 38-year-old woman, also from Poole, was taken to hospital with serious injuries.

On Saturday afternoon, Dorset Police said a 17-year-old boy from Lancashire had been detained.

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Police blocked a road to the beach on Saturday as investigations continued (Getty)
Police blocked a road to the beach on Saturday as investigations continued (Getty)

Detective Superintendent Richard Dixey, of the Major Crime Investigation Team, said: “We have worked tirelessly throughout the night since the initial report and have been able to progress our investigation.

“Foremost, our thoughts remain with the loved ones of the woman who very tragically lost her life. Officers are continuing with their enquiries and a cordon remains in place and is likely to remain so for some time.

“I would like to renew my appeal for anyone with information who has not yet spoken to officers to please contact us. I am particularly keen to hear from anyone who was in the vicinity of Durley Chine Beach between 10pm on Friday 24 May 2004 and midnight and saw anything unusual.

“Information can be uploaded through our dedicated Major Incident Public Portal for this case.

“Members of the public will see an increased police presence in the area over the coming days and officers from the local neighbourhood policing team can be approached with any concerns.”

Anyone with information is asked to submit it to the investigation team via the Major Incident Public Portal page at

If you are unable to submit information online, please call 101 quoting occurrence number 55240078013. Alternatively, independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously online at or by calling Freephone 0800 555 111.