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Man knocked unconscious during robbery

Detectives are appealing for witnesses following a robbery in Bournemouth.

Emergency services were called to Holdenhurst Road just after 4am this morning.

The victim, a local man aged in his 20s, was walking from the Lansdowne toward St Paul's roundabout. As he got to the entrance of the underpass he was approached by two men.

The offenders spoke to the victim, who was on the phone to his friend, and threatened him before he was knocked unconscious. He was found by a passing motorist lying on the pavement.

The victim was taken to hospital for treatment to injuries to his face and a fractured cheekbone. His mobile phone and wallet were stolen during the incident.

The offenders are described as white, aged in their early 20s, around five feet ten inches tall, of medium build, clean shaven. The first offender had short hair and the second had longer hair in a quiff style at the front.

No arrests have been made.

“This was a violent and unprovoked incident which has left the victim with serious facial injuries.

“I am appealing to anyone who was in the Holdenhurst Road area at the relevant time and saw the incident to please contact Dorset Police.”

– Detective Constable Honor McAdam, of Bournemouth CID


Police investigating hotel thefts release CCTV image of suspect

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Officers have released a CCTV image of a suspect following thefts from two Dorset hotels.

The first incident happened at Hotel Riviera in West Cliff Gardens, Bournemouth, on Tuesday 25th July. A man went into the hotel through the kitchen door, walked through the staff area and into the bar, where he stole £40 in cash from the till.

A second incident occurred at the Tower House Hotel in Bournemouth's West Cliff Gardens on the evening of Friday 4th August. It's believed the same man entered the hotel, went behind the reception desk and took a room key. He then stole a purse from the room and used the victim's bank cards to withdraw over £1,500.

Officers are asking anyone with information to contact Dorset Police on 101, quoting occurrence number 55170114262.

Bournemouth man found guilty of murdering niece

A man from Bournemouth has been found guilty of murdering his niece whom he was also in a relationship with.

Christopher Wall, aged 58 and of Shelbourne Road, was convicted, following a 12-day trial at Winchester Crown Court.

Christopher Wall will be sentenced tomorrow Credit: Dorset Police

In December last year, police were called to reports of a woman who had been found with head injuries outside the Charminster Supermarket in Charminster Road.

She was taken to hospital with a serious brain injury but later died.

Hayley died as a result of her injuries in hospital in the early hours of Thursday 22nd December 2016 Credit: Dorset Police

The jury heard that, while Christopher and Hayley Wall were uncle and niece, they were living together as partners.

On Tuesday 13th December 2016, officers found blood-stained clothing and blood smears in the bedroom and bathroom.

Christopher Wall was asleep in the bed and had what appeared to be stab or puncture wounds in his back as well as a cut to his hand.

An ambulance was called and he was treated for his injuries.

He was arrested on suspicion of inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent and, after being treated in hospital, was taken into custody.

Shots fired at house in Bournemouth

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Detectives are investigating after shots were fired at a property in Bournemouth.

At 12.30am yesterday Dorset Police received a report that two men attended a property on Wimborne Road and woke up the occupants by throwing stones at the window.

When the occupants got up to look, it was then reported that gun shots were fired at a window.

The men left the scene in a car. No one was injured.

Two men aged 24, two men aged 22 and a 23-year-old man, all from the Liverpool area, have been arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.

One of the 24-year-old men was further arrested on suspicion of threats to kill.

All five men have now been released under investigation.

A cordon was in place to allow detectives to carry out a full examination of the scene.

Officers from the local neighbourhood policing team will be carrying out patrols in the area in the coming days and can be approached with any community concerns.

It is reported that this was a targeted incident and the men arrived at the property in search of someone who was not at the address."

"We have carried out initial house-to-house enquiries within the area and a full investigation is underway."

– Detective Inspector Kate Lill, of Bournemouth CID


Two arrests after man stabbed in the neck

Two men have been arrested in connection with a serious assault in Bournemouth.

Officers were called to Old Christchurch Road just after 6:30am.

The victim a local man aged 18 was reportedly approached from behind by an unknown man and slashed to the neck with a sharp bladed item.

He sustained a serious cut to his neck and was taken to hospital for treatment. He has since been released.

The man was assaulted on Old Christchurch Road Credit: Google Earth

Armed officers, and officers from the dog section searched the area.

Two local men aged 56 and 59 were arrested at an address in Bournemouth on suspicion of attempted murder.

“I would ask anyone who witnessed the incident and has yet to speak to officers to please contact Dorset Police.”

"Officers from the local neighbourhood policing team will be carrying out high-visibility patrols in the coming days and can be approached with any community concerns."

– Detective Constable Matt Cooke, of Bournemouth CID
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