Residents react to ‘assault’ outside Bournemouth chiropractic college

Students and residents of a normally peaceful area of Bournemouth have been left in shock after waking to red stains across the streets.

Locals in Parkwood Road, Boscombe, were faced with the sight of around eight police units, including Crime Scene Investigation teams, working at the site today (February 15).

With officers responding to a suspected assault in the area, red stains outside of buildings lined the street near the AECC chiropractic college, a church and a residential building.

Read more: Police issue details of suspected assault outside Chiropractic College

Following reports emerging of the incident this morning, the college issued an urgent notice to students, not to attend the site.

A patient who did get through the gates told Dorset Live that when she arrived around 9am “the staff seemed a bit scattered” and that her chiropractor was told not to enter the site by police. She added that there were rumours of a person in the car park of the site, close to where an ambulance was stationed.

For one Masters pupil, who wished not to be named, the shock of the incident was notable: “It’s a lovely place, I’ve always felt safe on the campus, it’s always calm, and I am very confused by this”.

Arriving for his MA in Chiropractics lessons this morning, he noted: “I hadn’t checked any of my main emails until I got here, and In was very taken aback by it all. They said they were going to try and resume lessons later on”.

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The AECC College has issued a statement confirming that none of their pupils or staff were involved in the incident.

Local Tim Palmer, 46, said: “It’s quite unusual for that to happen outside of our front door, being that this is a really nice area, a little pocket really”. Adding There’s been so much effort making this area nice, they’ve cut a lot of the riffraff out, so we don’t get a lot of antisocial behaviour around here. Occasionally we get young kids in the park drinking, but I’ve never been aware of any violent crime here before”

The area of Boscombe where the incident took place is on the Southbourne and Boscombe border. The small park in the centre of the police cordon surrounded by a church, a primary school and the long-established AECC College.

For some locals however, Boscombe’s reputation precedes it. Speaking to Dorset Live, Michael Fallon, 62, East Cliff, Bournemouth, commented: “It’s not surprising for some of the people living around here, is it. Nothing surprises me” adding “I go to church there and it’s normally quiet around here. It’s the influx of who you get isn’t it, all the drug addicts and all the other junk that comes into town”.




Local Wayne Cary, 68, has lived bordering the park for 20 years. He says today’s incident is out of character, but he has some concerns.

“I am aware that in the past there have been some raids on some houses in Packwood Road across the road there. But I think they were at the time rehabilitation places

Everything we know




The police are currently investigating this incident. Here is everything we know to-date:

  • News of the incident emerged around 9am on February 15 as an increased police presence was seen at the site
  • Dorset Police report that a suspected assault took place around 10.30pm. A man in his 30s was then found with a head injury at 7.44am
  • Full details of the police appeal including the crime reference numbers can be found here
  • No college staff or pupils were involved in the incident and the Vice-Chancellor issued the following statement: “The incident, which happened off-site, did not involve any of our students and staff. We are a small, supportive community and we are offering counselling and support to both students and staff who are affected. We are working closely with the Dorset Police to support them in their investigation.” – Professor Lesley Haig
  • The cordon was lifted just before midday and teaching started again around 12.30pm
  • Red marks were spotted on a property opposite the college as well as on a side road

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