Witness appeal following stabbing in Bournemouth

Detectives are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward following a stabbing in Bournemouth.

At approximately 8.30pm on Saturday 16 December 2017 a group of boys and girls, all aged 16, were sitting on a bench at the Pelhams Park area on Millhams Road.

The group were approached by two teenage boys on bicycles before one of them began shining a torch at a girl in the group who asked him to stop. It is reported that the offender pulled a knife out of his pocket.

A fight broke out between one of the offenders and a boy from the group.

The victim sustained serious injuries to his chest and face. He was taken to hospital to receive treatment.

The first offender is described as approximately 16-years-old and of large build. He was wearing a dark-coloured mask which covered most of his face and black tracksuit bottoms. The second offender is described as wearing a hooded top with the hood up. He had long hair at the front. 

Detective Sergeant Stewart Gates, of Bournemouth CID, said: “We have carried out a number of enquiries so far including CCTV and house-to-house.

“I am appealing to anyone who was in the area at the time and saw or heard anything suspicious to please get in touch.

“I would also like to hear from anyone who saw two people matching the descriptions in the area, or knows who is responsible.”

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 occurrence number 55170194855. Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.