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Family pay tribute to Bournemouth murder victim

22-year-old Phillip Nicholson was found dead on Tuesday

The family of a man found dead in a flat in Bournemouth have described him as 'a kind and caring son who thought the best of everyone.' Phillip Nicholson who was 22 was found at a flat in Mallard Grange on Sea Road in Boscombe on Tuesday. Police were given more time to question a twenty year old woman and a twenty five year old man from Bournemouth on suspicion of murder.

"Phillip was our kind and caring son who thought the best of everyone. His wicked sense of humour brought a smile to many faces and his caring for other people showed no boundaries. Phillip will be dearly missed by family and friends. We respectfully request at this time that we are left alone to grieve.”

– Phillip Nicholson's family

Tributes paid to murder victim

The family of a man found dead in a flat in the Boscombe area of Bournemouth has today issued a tribute.

At around midday on Tuesday police were called to a flat in Mallard Grange on Sea Road and discovered the body of 22-year-old Phillip Nicholson.

The circumstances of his death were suspicious and a murder investigation, led by detectives from Dorset Police’s Major Crime Investigation Team (MCIT), was launched.

On Thursday, detectives were granted more time to question a 20-year-old woman and a 25-year-old man both from Bournemouth who were arrested on suspicion of murder. They remain helping police with their enquiries.

Phillip’s family are being kept updated by specially-trained officers.

His family said: “Phillip was our kind and caring son who thought the best of everyone. His wicked sense of humour brought a smile to many faces and his caring for other people showed no boundaries. Phillip will be dearly missed by family and friends. We respectfully request at this time that we are left alone to grieve.”

Detectives are continuing their investigations into Phillip’s death.

“We are still building a picture of exactly what happened on Tuesday and continue to appeal for anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious in the Sea Road area of Boscombe that morning to contact Dorset Police on 101, quoting Op Fraction. We’d also like to speak to anyone who had recent contact with Phillip Nicholson or who may have any information that may support the inquiry. We are particularly keen to speak to anyone who saw Phillip leaving his home in the Parkstone area of Poole at around 9am on Tuesday morning to just after midday when his body was discovered in the flat in Sea Road. At this time Phillip was wearing a grey Family Guy T-shirt, a faded red jumper with a zip from the chest upwards, charcoal grey trousers and Crocs. He also wore a black bum bag around his waist. I would urge anyone with information to please come forward in confidence.”

– Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Stewart Balmer

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Murder investigation launched in Boscombe

The man's body was found in a flat in Sea Road in Boscombe Credit: ITV Meridian

Detectives have launched a murder investigation following the discovery of a body at an address in the Boscombe area of Bournemouth with two people being arrested.

At around midday today, police discovered the body of a 22-year-old local man in a flat in Sea Road.

The circumstances of his death are suspicious and a murder investigation, led by detectives from Dorset Police’s Major Crime Investigation Team, is underway.

The man’s next of kin have been informed and are being kept updated by specially-trained officers. The coroner has been notified.

“We are still building a picture of exactly what happened on Tuesday 26 May 2015. If anyone saw or heard anything suspicious in the Sea Road area of Boscombe or has any other information that could be useful, I would urge them to please get in touch.”

– Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Stewart Balmer

Fatal crash in Dorset

Police investigating a fatal collision in Boscombe are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to come forward – with one man being arrested.

At around 1.17am this morning police were called to a serious injury road traffic collision at the junction of Christchurch Road and Drummond Road after a white Peugeot 106 was in collision with a pedestrian.

The pedestrian, a 42-year-old woman from Bournemouth, suffered serious injuries and died a short time later. Her next of kin have been informed and the coroner notified.

The road remains closed while collision investigators carry out a thorough examination of the scene.

One man – aged 34 and from Bournemouth – has been arrested on suspicion of driving offences and is currently assisting police with their enquiries.

“I am appealing to anyone who witnessed the collision or saw the manner of driving of a white Peugeot 106 prior to the incident to please call me urgently on 101."

– Police Sergeant Dave Stroud, of Dorset Police’s Traffic Unit

Bat-wielding robber targets Boscombe shop

Officers in Dorset are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward following a robbery in Boscombe.

CCTV image of robbery released

At 4.10pm today, a man carrying a wooden baseball bat went into the Londis convenience store in Palmerston Road and demanded money from the female cashier.

When the victim said she was unable to open the till, the offender smashed the National Lottery scratch card unit and pulled it off the counter and onto the floor.

He stole a quantity of scratch cards before running out of the shop and turning right heading toward St Clement’s Road.

The offender is described as white, aged 21 to 22 years, five feet two inches tall and of slim build. He wore black trousers, a black jacket with the hood up, a black balaclava, black gloves and black Adidas trainers with white soles and white stripes on the side.

Shoppers forced to leave Dorset shopping centre after man found with stab wound

Dorset Police were called to the Sovereign Centre in Boscombe at lunchtime, after a man was found with a stab wound. The man, who is in his twenties, was taken to Bournemouth Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

A cordon has been placed around the scene and the entire shopping centre has been evacuated in order for investigation work to take place. A man has been arrested.

DI Joe Williams said: “We are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed this incident, which we believe happened in the area of the 99p store within the Sovereign Centre, to contact us. “We would like to reassure members of the public that there is no further risk to their safety as a result of this incident. Anyone with information is asked to call Dorset Police on 101 or to contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.”

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Victim of assault in Boscombe left with broken hip

Police appeal for attackers Credit: ITV news

Detectives in Bournemouth are appealing for witnesses to an attack on an elderly man in Boscombe. The 77 year old was left with a broken hip and is being treated at Poole Hospital. He was pushed to the floor by a man on a bike, on the corner of Christchurch Road and Parkwood Road.

Anyone with information should call Dorset Police on 101 or the anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111.

Detective Sergeant Andy Bell, of Bournemouth CID, said: "I understand that the victim asked a group of cyclists to stop riding along the pavement and that one of these cyclists pushed him to the ground, causing serious injury.

This area will have been busy at this time and I am keen to speak with anyone who can help me with this investigation."

Elderly man's hip broken after push by cyclist

Detectives in Bournemouth are looking for a cyclist who broke an elderly man's hip after pushing him to the ground. The 77-year-old victim was injured outside the George Fry electrical store on the corner of Christchurch Road and Parkwood Road yesterday morning.

Det Sgt Andy Bell, of Bournemouth CID, said: 'I understand that the victim asked a group of cyclists to stop riding along the pavement and that one of these cyclists pushed him to the ground, causing serious injury. The offender then cycled away along Christchurch Road toward Boscombe town centre.

"The elderly victim requires surgery to treat his injuries and is facing a lengthy recovery. I am appealing for anyone who witnessed this incident, and anyone with any information about the man responsible, to contact me urgently.'

Call Dorset Police on 101, quoting incident number 19:119.

Bournemouth cliff collapse - Fears for our coastline

After months of winter storms a cliff has collapsed on one of the region's most popular beaches.

Last night, more than 60ft of cliff face collapsed onto Bournemouth seafront between Bournemouth Pier and Boscombe Pier, just yards from the East Cliff lift.

The debris blocked the promenade and emergency crews used heatseeking cameras to make sure no-one was trapped.

It comes as the National Trust today warned some parts of our coastline has suffered years of erosion in just a few weeks. Martin Dowse reports.

CCTV captures moment cliff collapses onto beach

CCTV footage has captured the moment a cliff collapsed on one of the region's most popular beaches.

Last night, more than 60 feet of cliff face collapsed onto Bournemouth seafront between Bournemouth Pier and Boscombe Pier, just yards from the East Cliff lift.

The debris blocked the promenade - and emergency crews used heatseeking cameras to make sure no-one was trapped.

Today the National Trust warned that the recent rain and gale force - mean some areas have suffered years of erosion in just a few weeks.

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