A MAN arrested in connection with a Bourenmouth town centre stabbing has been released on police bail as detectives continue their investigation.

As reported, an 18-year-old man was taken to hospital with a chest wound after being stabbed in the Lower Gardens at 11.50pm on Tuesday, June 8.

Police say the victim is now in a stable condition.

Officers are renewing their appeal to speak to a potential witness who helped at the scene as she may have information that could assist the investigation.

The victim had been walking in the gardens toward Bournemouth Pier with two friends when they walked past a man and a woman who were sitting on a bench.

As they walked past, the man reportedly began shouting and got up and assaulted the victim before he and the woman made off in the direction of Bournemouth Square.

Following enquiries, an 18-year-old man from Bournemouth has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. He has since been released on police bail.

A 16-year-old girl from Poole previously arrested on suspicion of attempted murder has been released on police bail while enquiries continue.

Bournemouth Echo: Picture: Corin Messer/BNPSPicture: Corin Messer/BNPS

Detective Inspector Shaun Inkpen, of Bournemouth CID, said: “I would like to renew my appeal for anyone who witnessed this incident, or has any information to assist the investigation, to please come forward and speak with the investigation team.

“I am also still keen to speak to a black female member of the public who was reported to have assisted the victim’s friends when they were making a 999 call to police at the scene. We are particularly keen to speak to her as she may have valuable information that could assist the investigation.

“Officers will continue to carry out increased patrols in the area over the weekend and can be approached by any members of the public with information or concerns in relation to this incident.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55210091147. Alternatively, to stay 100 per cent anonymous, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers online at Crimestoppers-uk.org or call freephone 0800 555 111.