Elderly woman died after 'falling from bridge' at Bournemouth beauty spot

Bournemouth Echo: Elderly woman dies after being found with head injuries in Bournemouth Elderly woman dies after being found with head injuries in Bournemouth

AN ELDERLY woman has died after apparently falling from a bridge at a Bournemouth beauty spot.

Police and paramedics were called to Middle Chine yesterday morning after she was found unconscious with head injuries.

The woman was taken by ambulance to Southampton general hospital, where there is a specialist trauma unit. She later died.

The death comes a week after two pensioners fell from a block of flats in Manor Road on Tuesday last week.

An inquest is due to be opened this morning into the deaths of Roy and Glenys Smith who fell from their second floor home.

The woman, who died yesterday, is in her 70s and lives in the Westcliff area.

Police cordoned off parts of the pathway through the chine, which runs from West Cliff Road to the beach between Durley Chine and Alum Chine.

Passers-by told the Echo they saw police activity at a taped off flight of wooden steps, close to the bridge where West Overcliff Drive crosses above the chine.

Zanda, who asked not to give her surname, was walking past at 1pm.

She said: “We saw police at the steps near the bridge.

“They had the steps taped off.”

The police cordon was removed by 2pm and the matter has now been passed to the coroner.

Barbara Andrews, 66, walking her dog Prince from their home in Westbourne, said: “It’s so sad and I feel for her family.”

The Reverend Richard Burfoot, from West Cliff Baptist Church, was also walking his dog. He added:” It’s sad for the locality when somebody dies in difficult circumstances.”

A Dorset Police spokesman said: "At 10.10am we received a report that a local woman in her 70s was discovered with head injuries and was unconscious.

"Police and ambulance attended the scene and she was conveyed to Southampton General Hospital where sadly she has since died.

"Police are not treating the death as suspicious.”

The woman’s next of kin have been informed.

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6:29pm Mon 9 Dec 13

hooplaa says...

Whilst i feel for the poor lady and her family i dont see how this is breaking news, takes 2 reporters to write it using a deceiving headline which at 1st suggests more than a trip or a fall.
Whilst i feel for the poor lady and her family i dont see how this is breaking news, takes 2 reporters to write it using a deceiving headline which at 1st suggests more than a trip or a fall. hooplaa

10:17pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Lewcee says...

Dopey report...between Alum Chine and Durley Chine is...Middle Chine.
Dopey report...between Alum Chine and Durley Chine is...Middle Chine. Lewcee

9:55am Tue 10 Dec 13

Isosceles says...

What has this report got to do with 'two pensioners who fell from a block of flats in Manor Road on Tuesday last week'?
Are they from the same family, related or is this the Echo reporter paid by the number of words in the article?
What has this report got to do with 'two pensioners who fell from a block of flats in Manor Road on Tuesday last week'? Are they from the same family, related or is this the Echo reporter paid by the number of words in the article? Isosceles

10:07am Tue 10 Dec 13

Derf says...

'were yet to be informed' ?
'were yet to be informed' ? Derf

10:54am Tue 10 Dec 13

sir roy.orbit of chippenham says...

When the police/press use this term "Police are not treating the death as suspicious.” it means they are treating it as a suicide.

This only happens before an inquest if they find a suicide note either on the person or at the persons address.

It seems that there are a lot of unhappy pensioners around here.
When the police/press use this term "Police are not treating the death as suspicious.” it means they are treating it as a suicide. This only happens before an inquest if they find a suicide note either on the person or at the persons address. It seems that there are a lot of unhappy pensioners around here. sir roy.orbit of chippenham

11:11am Tue 10 Dec 13

Derf says...

sir roy.orbit of chippenham wrote:
When the police/press use this term "Police are not treating the death as suspicious.” it means they are treating it as a suicide.

This only happens before an inquest if they find a suicide note either on the person or at the persons address.

It seems that there are a lot of unhappy pensioners around here.
So natural causes are suspicious are they?
[quote][p][bold]sir roy.orbit of chippenham[/bold] wrote: When the police/press use this term "Police are not treating the death as suspicious.” it means they are treating it as a suicide. This only happens before an inquest if they find a suicide note either on the person or at the persons address. It seems that there are a lot of unhappy pensioners around here.[/p][/quote]So natural causes are suspicious are they? Derf

12:07pm Tue 10 Dec 13

muscliffman says...

sir roy.orbit of chippenham wrote:
When the police/press use this term "Police are not treating the death as suspicious.” it means they are treating it as a suicide.

This only happens before an inquest if they find a suicide note either on the person or at the persons address.

It seems that there are a lot of unhappy pensioners around here.
No it does not!

For instance if people die of natural causes or in genuine accidents (e.g. car crash) then Police would not treat those deaths 'as suspicious'.

But it seems to me that the Echo reporters are being incredibly insensitive and disrespectful with the angle they are clearly taking in this article.

Quite inappropriate.
[quote][p][bold]sir roy.orbit of chippenham[/bold] wrote: When the police/press use this term "Police are not treating the death as suspicious.” it means they are treating it as a suicide. This only happens before an inquest if they find a suicide note either on the person or at the persons address. It seems that there are a lot of unhappy pensioners around here.[/p][/quote]No it does not! For instance if people die of natural causes or in genuine accidents (e.g. car crash) then Police would not treat those deaths 'as suspicious'. But it seems to me that the Echo reporters are being incredibly insensitive and disrespectful with the angle they are clearly taking in this article. Quite inappropriate. muscliffman

1:45pm Tue 10 Dec 13

matthew bell says...

muscliffman wrote:
sir roy.orbit of chippenham wrote: When the police/press use this term "Police are not treating the death as suspicious.” it means they are treating it as a suicide. This only happens before an inquest if they find a suicide note either on the person or at the persons address. It seems that there are a lot of unhappy pensioners around here.
No it does not! For instance if people die of natural causes or in genuine accidents (e.g. car crash) then Police would not treat those deaths 'as suspicious'. But it seems to me that the Echo reporters are being incredibly insensitive and disrespectful with the angle they are clearly taking in this article. Quite inappropriate.
Look!!!! there are 3, no 4 deaths, of middle aged to elderly men & women during 'the season to be happy' jumping from high buildings/cliffs/bri
dges ex... which shows 2 things, 1st they are seriously depressed & alone or 2nd they were pushed/murdered, all of which happened in a week only, from the 1st death, if I remember was the jumping, which was the 3rd Dec of the elderly couple in Bournemouth to now! Who can blame the Daily Echo for reporting a rare series of fatalities in such a small area in such a small space of time! It is not insensitive for the Echo to report facts. All of you are clearly miss guided into thinking otherwise when you critise their use of wording ex...
[quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sir roy.orbit of chippenham[/bold] wrote: When the police/press use this term "Police are not treating the death as suspicious.” it means they are treating it as a suicide. This only happens before an inquest if they find a suicide note either on the person or at the persons address. It seems that there are a lot of unhappy pensioners around here.[/p][/quote]No it does not! For instance if people die of natural causes or in genuine accidents (e.g. car crash) then Police would not treat those deaths 'as suspicious'. But it seems to me that the Echo reporters are being incredibly insensitive and disrespectful with the angle they are clearly taking in this article. Quite inappropriate.[/p][/quote]Look!!!! there are 3, no 4 deaths, of middle aged to elderly men & women during 'the season to be happy' jumping from high buildings/cliffs/bri dges ex... which shows 2 things, 1st they are seriously depressed & alone or 2nd they were pushed/murdered, all of which happened in a week only, from the 1st death, if I remember was the jumping, which was the 3rd Dec of the elderly couple in Bournemouth to now! Who can blame the Daily Echo for reporting a rare series of fatalities in such a small area in such a small space of time! It is not insensitive for the Echo to report facts. All of you are clearly miss guided into thinking otherwise when you critise their use of wording ex... matthew bell

10:03am Wed 11 Dec 13

sir roy.orbit of chippenham says...

Well said Mattew Bell. I knew somebody would post something sensible if I waited long enough.


muscliffman says... No it does not!
For instance if people die of natural causes or in genuine accidents (e.g. car crash) then Police would not treat those deaths 'as suspicious'.

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Yes of course. You are stating the bloomin' obvious.
But nobody dies of natural causes by falling from a bridge do they.

The reason for the police to be so quick to respond to this incident with the words non suspicious is that they suspect suicide backed up with a note.
Wait till the inquest and you will see I am correct.
Well said Mattew Bell. I knew somebody would post something sensible if I waited long enough. muscliffman says... No it does not! For instance if people die of natural causes or in genuine accidents (e.g. car crash) then Police would not treat those deaths 'as suspicious'. -------------------- ------------- Yes of course. You are stating the bloomin' obvious. But nobody dies of natural causes by falling from a bridge do they. The reason for the police to be so quick to respond to this incident with the words non suspicious is that they suspect suicide backed up with a note. Wait till the inquest and you will see I am correct. sir roy.orbit of chippenham

11:52am Fri 13 Dec 13

chris-kelly says...

What no one has picked up on is that this is the bridge from which Winston Churchill once fell and was almost killed.
What no one has picked up on is that this is the bridge from which Winston Churchill once fell and was almost killed. chris-kelly

1:43pm Mon 16 Dec 13

bug863 says...

chris-kelly wrote:
What no one has picked up on is that this is the bridge from which Winston Churchill once fell and was almost killed.
Wasn't that the bridge across Alum Chine? Whatever, a sad loss for a family.
[quote][p][bold]chris-kelly[/bold] wrote: What no one has picked up on is that this is the bridge from which Winston Churchill once fell and was almost killed.[/p][/quote]Wasn't that the bridge across Alum Chine? Whatever, a sad loss for a family. bug863

9:33am Tue 24 Dec 13

Por Speller says...

chris-kelly wrote:
What no one has picked up on is that this is the bridge from which Winston Churchill once fell and was almost killed.
No it isn't.
Happy Christmas.
[quote][p][bold]chris-kelly[/bold] wrote: What no one has picked up on is that this is the bridge from which Winston Churchill once fell and was almost killed.[/p][/quote]No it isn't. Happy Christmas. Por Speller

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