Witness appeal due to concern for welfare in Bournemouth


Officers searching for a man who they were concerned about are pleased to update that he has been found safe and well in Bournemouth.

The search for Daniel James had started yesterday, Sunday 2 September 2018, after an incident in Christchurch Road.

We would like to thank everyone who shared our appeal.


Officers are trying to locate a man who they are concerned about following a possible incident in Bournemouth.

At 7.51am this morning, Sunday 2 September 2018, a man reported that he had been threatened by another man outside McDonald’s in Christchurch Road in the Boscombe area of the town. However, almost immediately after this initial report he said that everything was sorted and he was leaving the scene. Following this he ended the call to police.

Due to the seriousness of the allegation police wanted to speak to this possible victim and managed to do so by phone a short while later. At this point the man, who had given his name as Daniel James, disclosed that he was very upset and might come to some harm.

Chief Inspector Lance Cliff, of Dorset Police, said: “Throughout the day we have made numerous enquiries, including attending the location in Christchurch Road, to establish the exact identity of Daniel in order to find him as we need to ensure he is safe and well. This has proven difficult and we have not located him yet.

“Daniel told to us that his brother died at Christmas and his five-year-old son died this week, but we have not been able to verify these details.

“As we only had contact with Daniel over the phone, we have no description or photo of him. However, I am hoping that anything from the few details we have might enable somebody to let us know where we can find him or give us further information in relation to his identity.

“We are also keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the incident outside McDonald’s this morning or has any information about those involved.

“If Daniel himself sees this appeal, please get in contact with us as we want to make sure you have not come to any harm.”

Anyone with information or knowledge as to Daniels’s whereabouts 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 2:96.