LiveMurder probe launched after body find in Bournemouth

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Summary

  • A murder investigation has been launched after the body of a woman was found in a block of flats in St Michael's Road.
  • Police were called to the scene at 12.30pm and forensics are on the scene.

7:05pm

We're winding down our live coverage now. Check in with the Echo website for the latest information in the morning.

7:04pm

Here's a full video piece from Sally Adams from the scene this afternoon:

6:03pm

Bart Angus-Hughes, a resident of nearby Purbeck Road, said: “I was painting one of the flats opposite, when I heard the sirens and saw two ambulances turn up.

"I saw the ambulance man running into the building and he was just dashing about. I knew then that it was serious. Then I saw several police arrive.

“I must say that I was surprised that they had cordoned off so much of the road.”

5:59pm

Huw George, Manager of the Croydon Hotel, said: “I was up at the crack of dawn this morning and I heard nothing. I am not a great sleeper, so if there had been a noise in the night, I would have heard it.”

 

5:36pm

Our reporter Jim Durkin has spoken to Poole Hill Neighbourhood Watch coordinator Norman Decent.

He said: “The area has had its problems but it has been getting better.

“It always seems to get more livelier on the weekends, with a lot of stag and hen parties.
“There are problems here, like you get in many other areas. drug problems

5:25pm

Sally has sent us some more video from the scene:

5:23pm

The St Michael’s Road area is popular with tourists, especially weekend visitors, as there is a large number of hotels, hostels and guest houses in the vicinity.
One local resident, who didn’t want to be named, said: “I’m pretty shocked there appears to have been a woman killed here. This area is quite vibrant, with more than one or two characters usually knocking about, but it’s rare to hear of violence of this nature.
“Obviously, my thoughts are with the victim’s family. Someone, somewhere will soon be getting just about the worst possible news they’re ever going to get.”

5:10pm

The resident said he saw a man being escorted away in handcuffs.

5:09pm

Caitlin at the scene has been speaking to locals.

One resident, who asked not be named, said: "I saw the paramedics rushing in and out of the flats (number 52 St Michael's Road).

"It appears that they were trying to save somebody, to keep them alive."

He said that went on for about 15 minutes and there was "a sense of urgency".

Two ambulances, a paramedics' car and around 12 police vehicles all arrived at the same time.

 

4:57pm

Bournemouth Echo:

4:56pm

We have more pictures from the scene from Sally:

Bournemouth Echo:

4:47pm

We've now just had a fuller statement from Dorset Police:

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.

4:46pm

Dorset Police have just given us this statement:

A Dorset Police spokesman confirmed: “We have launched a murder investigation following the death of a woman.

“Officers attended the address and located the body of a deceased woman. A cordon was established and a section of St Michael’s Road, near Purbeck Road,was closed.

“We are appealing for anyone with information of witnesses.”

It remains unclear if the victim has been identified, and it is unlikely the next of kin have been notified at this time.

Police say they cannot confirm any more details at this early stage of the investigation.

4:45pm

Sally has sent back some video from the scene:

4:44pm

Bournemouth Echo:

4:40pm

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4:38pm

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4:37pm

Our photographer Sally Adams and reporter Caitlin Marsh are on the scene.

Sally has sent back these images as forensics experts comb the scene:

Bournemouth Echo:

4:36pm

Police have confirmed that a man has been arrested.

The woman was found by officers who were called to reports of a serious incident at the address.

4:35pm

Uniformed police and detectives, along with forensics officers, are on the scene.

4:34pm

A murder investigation has been launched this afternoon after a woman's body was found at premises in St Michael's Road, believed to be the Manchester Hotel.

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