Murder investigation continues after teen dies in suspected stabbing in Bournemouth town centre

  • ITV News Meridian's Richard Slee reports from Bournemouth

An 18-year-old man has died in a suspected stabbing in Bournemouth town centre.

Dorset Police received a report from officers on scene that a man had received a suspected stab wound following an altercation involving a group of people in the area of The Square at 1.26am on Saturday 5 August 2023.

The victim named by police as Cameron Hamilton, 18, from Bournemouth, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Dedicated officers are continuing to support his family.

Four 18-year-old men were arrested on suspicion of murder following the incident.

Two of those arrested, one from Poole and one from Bournemouth, have now been released without charge in relation to the offence of murder.

They were also arrested on suspicion of affray and have been released under investigation in relation to that offence.

The other two arrested, both from the Portsmouth area, remain in police custody after detectives secured a warrant of further detention from Poole Magistrates’ Court.

A cordon was in place on Saturday morning while police carried out their enquiries. Credit: ITV News Meridian

Detective Inspector Neil Third, of MCIT, said: "Our thoughts remain with the family of the young man who sadly died and officers are continuing to support them and keep them updated in relation to developments with the investigation.

"We are continuing to carry out extensive enquiries and I would again urge any witnesses who have not already spoken to police to contact us. Anyone with relevant information or footage can submit it through our Major Incident Public Portal page.

"The cordons that were in place in Bournemouth town centre throughout much of Saturday 5 August 2023 have now been removed and I would like to again thank members of the local community for their patience and understanding while these were in place.

"We will continue to undertake investigative activity in the area of the gardens and town centre and local officers will be carrying out further high visibility patrols for public reassurance."

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