Woman stabbed to death on popular beach and another critically injured as police hunt killer

Police are hunting a killer after a woman was stabbed to death on a popular beach.

Another woman was also attacked and sustained 'very serious injuries' following the incident at around 11.40pm on Friday.

Emergency services raced to Durley Chine Beach in the Dorset seaside town. Police confirmed a 34-year-old woman from Poole was pronounced dead at the scene while another woman, aged 38, suffered "very serious" injuries, reports the Mirror.

No arrests have been made yet and the two women's next of kin have been informed, the police added. Dorset Police said in a statement: "A murder investigation has been launched by detectives following the death of a woman in Bournemouth.

"At 11.42pm on Friday 24 May 2024, Dorset Police received a report that two people had been stabbed on Durley Chine Beach. Very sadly, a 34-year-old woman from Poole was pronounced dead at the scene. Her next of kin have been informed and the coroner notified.

"A 38-year-old woman from Poole was taken to hospital with very serious injuries and her next of kin are aware." Superintendent Gavin House, of Dorset Police, said: "Our thoughts are with the loved ones of the woman who very tragically lost her life.

"Officers are searching the area, but no arrests have been made at this time. A full and detailed investigation is underway. I would ask anyone who saw what happened or has any information about the offender and has not yet spoken to officers to please contact us urgently.

"The beach has been cordoned off to enable officers to conduct a thorough investigation of the scene. I would like to thank the public for their patience and understanding while this vital work takes place. 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 contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk/do-it-online, via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting incident number 24:707. Alternatively, independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously online at Crimestoppers-uk.org or by calling Freephone 0800 555 111.

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