Bournemouth police release 17-year-old boy held after woman stabbed to death

Amie Gray
Amie Gray died at the scene of the attack

Police investigating the death of a football coach who was stabbed on a Bournemouth beach have issued a renewed appeal for information after releasing a 17-year-old from custody and eliminating him from enquiries.

Amie Gray, 34, suffered fatal injuries at Durley Chine Beach. She was found dead at the scene when police attended at around 11.45pm on Friday.

A 38-year-old woman from Poole was left with serious injuries and remained in hospital as of Sunday.

A 17-year-old boy from Lancashire was arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted murder on Saturday. However, he was released without charge on Monday and eliminated from enquiries in relation to the incident.

Police have released CCTV images of a suspect they are looking to identify and have urged members of the public not to approach him “under any circumstances”.

Bournemouth suspect
Police have issued a renewed appeal for information after releasing images of the suspect - Dorset Police

Det Supt Richard Dixey, of the major crime investigation team, said: “The investigation into this tragic incident is progressing, and detectives are dedicated to finding out what happened and ensuring our communities remain safe and secure.

“We need the public’s help to identify the suspect in the CCTV images. If you recognise him or have any information, no matter how small, that may lead us to his identity, please get in touch immediately. We would ask the public not to approach a suspect under any circumstances, but to call 999 immediately.

“Our thoughts remain with the loved ones of the woman who tragically lost her life and the surviving victim as we drive forward our investigation.”

In a tribute to Ms Gray, her family said that “sunsets will always remind us of you”. On Sunday, Ms Gray’s wife, Sian Gray, and their daughter sprinkled petals into the sea at sunset in her memory.

Sharing photographs of the tribute on Facebook, Sian Gray wrote: “Sunsets will always remind us of you, Amie Gray. Forever loved wife and mother.”

The beach cordoned off by police
The beach was cordoned off by police

Michelle Small, a friend, wrote that Ms Gray “was always the kindest lovely young girl, and continued to be so throughout her cruelly cut short life. RIP beautiful girl”.

Ms Gray had been the head ladies’ coach at Dorset Futsal Club. Over the weekend, the club changed its social media photograph to a black square and posted that it had “received some truly devastating news”.

It said: “We cannot put this into words at this time and as a mark of respect to all those affected, we will not be posting anything new for the foreseeable future.”