Lack of Communication by Dorset Police Criticized in Tragic Beach Incident, Raising Concerns of Misinformation

…By Alan Peterson for TDPel Media. A local Member of Parliament (MP), Tobias Ellwood, has expressed his dissatisfaction with Dorset Police for their inadequate communication with the public regarding the circumstances that led to the tragic deaths of two young individuals in the waters off Bournemouth beach.


This lack of transparency has resulted in speculation on social media, prompting concerns about potential misinformation being spread.

However, the Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner for Dorset, David Sidwick, has defended the police’s handling of the complex case, emphasizing the need for a thorough investigation and prioritizing the well-being of the victims and their families.

Insufficient Clarity Causes Speculation:

MP Tobias Ellwood voices concerns over the lack of clear information from local authorities regarding the incident.

He highlights the importance of understanding the events to learn from them and provide reassurance to the public.

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Ellwood argues that if a comprehensive statement is absent, it may create an opportunity for misleading messages to be spread by those with malicious intentions.

Defending the Police’s Approach:

In contrast, Police and Crime Commissioner David Sidwick supports the police’s handling of the case, describing it as complex.


Sidwick emphasizes the collaboration between various agencies involved in the investigation, including the coroner’s office, the Marine Accident Investigation Branch, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, and the Dorset police.

He believes that allowing these agencies sufficient time and space to conduct a thorough investigation, without interference, is crucial to uncovering the truth.

Ongoing Investigation and Appeal for Witnesses:

Dorset Police continue their investigation and encourage witnesses to come forward.

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They confirm that neither of the deceased individuals nor anyone rescued from the sea at the time had any contact with a vessel or was involved in a collision.

Speculation surrounding a pleasure boat in the vicinity is acknowledged, and the police are examining all aspects of the incident, such as weather conditions, wind, and the state of the water.

The Arrest and Release of a Suspect:

A man in his 40s, who was present on the water during the incident, was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter.

However, he was released under investigation the following day as inquiries continue.

The police are diligently exploring all possibilities to determine what occurred on that fateful day.


Balancing Communication and Investigative Integrity:

While Tobias Ellwood advocates for prompt and comprehensive statements from the police, David Sidwick emphasizes the importance of ensuring the veracity of information provided by investigators.

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Sidwick acknowledges that some details cannot be disclosed until a thorough investigation has taken place, to avoid compromising the integrity of the inquiry.

He emphasizes the primacy of the victims and their families’ needs throughout this process.


The criticism and defense surrounding Dorset Police’s handling of the tragic incident at Bournemouth beach highlight the challenges faced in striking a balance between transparent communication and maintaining the integrity of an ongoing investigation.

As the investigation progresses, authorities aim to provide clarity while prioritizing the well-being of the victims and their families.


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