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Man arrested over two serious incidents in Poole

A 40-year-old man from Poole has been arrested, following two serious incidents in Poole.

At 11.14am on Wednesday (11 July) Dorset Police received reports from a hospital that they were concerned for the welfare of a woman in her 40s, who'd been transferred to the critical care unit after being admitted to hospital on Saturday, 7 June.

Police say she had sustained bruising and had collapsed, and officers are investigating how she came to be in a critical condition.

A property in Knowlton Road is part of that ongoing investigation.

Later on Wednesday at 2.20pm officers were called to reports of a man's body found in woods off Leicester Road in Poole. 

He has yet to be yet to be identified and his next of kin have not been notified. 

Police say his death is being treated as suspicious, and the area has been cordoned off.

A 40-year-old man from Poole has been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm with intent on the woman and on suspicion of murder in relation to the second incident and is currently assisting officers with their enquiries.

Detective Chief Inspector Steve Symms, of Bournemouth CID, said:

“These investigations are in the very early stages and at this time there is little more information we can give.

“I would like to reassure the public that our enquiries will be detailed and I would like to thank residents for their patience and understanding while we carry out our investigations.

“I would urge anyone who has any information in relation to either investigation to please contact Dorset Police.”

Poole Neighbourhood Inspector Ady Thompson said:

“Residents will see a police presence at both Leicester Road and Knowlton Road and will see some extra neighbourhood patrols on the streets over the next few days.

“Anybody who has any concerns is encouraged to approach these officers and speak to them, or call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting incident number 11:268.

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