Pensioner arrested after woman in her 80s 'murdered' in Bournemouth

4 June 2023, 15:08 | Updated: 4 June 2023, 23:20

The woman was found dead at a house in the Southborne area of the town
The woman was found dead at a house in the Southborne area of the town. Picture: Google Street View

By Kit Heren

A man in his 80s has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a woman locally reported as his partner, also in her 80s, was found dead in Bournemouth.

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Dorset Police were called out at around 7pm on Saturday by reports of concern for a woman at an address off Wick Lane in the Southbourne area of the seaside town.

Officers rushed to the scene with paramedics, where they declared the woman dead.

A man reportedly familiar to the woman was arrested on suspicion of murder and taken to hospital for treatment himself.

Residents said the pair seemed like a happy couple, the Bournemouth Echo reported.

Detective Inspector Mark Jenkins, of Dorset Police's major crime investigation team, said: “Our thoughts are with the loved ones of the woman who has sadly died.

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“We have launched an investigation to establish the full circumstances of what happened.

“I am keen to hear from anyone locally who may have information that may assist our enquiries.

“There will be an increased police presence in the area over the coming days and officers can be approached by any member of the public with information or concerns."

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Officers have informed the woman's family of the tragic news.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55230085537.

Alternatively, independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously online at or by calling Freephone 0800 555 111.

The death is the second tragedy in Bournemouth in less than a week, after two teenagers died after getting into trouble off the beach on Wednesday.