Update to investigation following death of man in Boscombe

Detectives investigating how a man died after being found injured in a Bournemouth street are issuing an update.

At 4.17pm on Wednesday 2 May 2018 Dorset Police was called by the ambulance service to reports that a man had been found with head injuries in Churchill Road in Boscombe.

The man, who was aged in his 40s, was taken to hospital in a life-threatening condition but he sadly died yesterday, Thursday 3 May 2018.

His next of kin have yet to be informed. The coroner has been notified.

The initial circumstances surrounding the man’s death were suspicious and a murder investigation was launched, led by detectives from Dorset Police’s Major Crime Investigation Team.

Senior Investigating Officer Neil Devoto, of MCIT, said: “As a direct result of information from witnesses and emergency healthcare professionals at the scene we treated this man’s sudden death as suspicious. A full examination of the area by crime scene investigators took place and a forensic post-mortem examination was carried out to establish the circumstances of the man’s death.

“The result of the post-mortem has given the cause of death as unascertained. The examination has also indicated no sign of third party involvement. Therefore, our investigation into his death is no longer being treated as suspicious.

“I would like to thank members of the community affected by this incident for their understanding and patience while officers carried out all their necessary checks and examinations over the past two days. I hope they will all understand that we have a duty to investigate a sudden death to ensure no one else was involved.”

“Officers from the local neighbourhood policing team, supported by Bournemouth Borough Council’s Operation Galaxy team, will be carrying out additional patrols in the area over the coming days and can be approached with any community concerns.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting incident number 2:317. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.