A man in his 80s has been arrested on suspicion of murder after an elderly woman died.

Dorset Police said they received a report at around 7pm on Saturday raising concern for the welfare of a woman at an address off Wick Lane in the Southbourne area of Bournemouth.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said the man from Bournemouth, who was known to the victim, has been arrested on suspicion of murder and has been taken to hospital for treatment.

Detective Inspector Mark Jenkins of the Major Crime Investigation Team said: ‘Our thoughts are with the loved ones of the woman who has sadly died.

‘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 inquiries.

‘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.’

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

Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously online at or by calling freephone 0800 555111.

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