Murder arrest over Bournemouth beach stabbing

Murder arrest over Bournemouth beach stabbing

A 20-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the fatal stabbing of a football coach on a Bournemouth beach.

Police were called to reports that two women from Poole had been stabbed on Durley Chine Beach at around 11.45pm on Friday, May 24.

Amie Gray, 34, was pronounced dead at the scene, while a 38-year-old woman was taken to hospital with serious injuries and is still receiving treatment.

Dorset Police said on Tuesday it had arrested a man from Croydon, in south London, on suspicion of murder and attempted murder.

Det Supt Richard Dixey said: “The investigation has progressed at speed over recent days, which has now led to an arrest being made in London.

“Officers from Dorset Police intelligence and firearms teams worked together with colleagues from the Metropolitan Police to carry out the arrest.”

The force had previously arrested a 17-year-old boy from Lancashire over the stabbing but later released him without charge.

The new arrest comes after police released CCTV images of a suspect they wanted to identify and urged members of the public not to approach him “under any circumstances”.

Thoughts with victim’s family

Det Sgt Dixey, of the Major Crime Investigation Team, said: “We are continuing to update the loved ones of the woman who tragically died, as well as the victim in hospital, with all the latest developments and our thoughts remain with them.

“I would like to thank everyone so far who has provided information and reiterate my appeal for any witnesses who have not already come forward to please contact Dorset Police.

“The enhanced visible policing presence in the area will remain in place and we would continue to strongly encourage anyone with concerns to please not hesitate to speak to any officer who will be able to listen and provide appropriate advice.”

In a tribute to Ms Gray, her family said that “sunsets will always remind us of you”.

On Sunday, Ms Gray’s wife, Sian Gray, and their daughter sprinkled petals into the sea at sunset in her memory.

Sharing photographs of the tribute on Facebook, Sian Gray wrote: “Sunsets will always remind us of you, Amie Gray. Forever loved wife and mother.”

Michelle Small, a friend, wrote that Ms Gray “was always the kindest lovely young girl, and continued to be so throughout her cruelly cut short life. RIP beautiful girl”.

Ms Gray had been the head ladies’ coach at Dorset Futsal Club. Over the weekend, the club changed its social media photograph to a black square and posted that it had “received some truly devastating news”.

It said: “We cannot put this into words at this time and as a mark of respect to all those affected, we will not be posting anything new for the foreseeable future.”

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