Posted by Richard Willett - Memes and headline comments by David Icke Posted on 30 May 2024

What has happened to Bournemouth? How series of horrific sex attacks and murders are casting a shadow over the once ‘enchanting’ seaside resort that has gone from jewel in the UK’s coastal crown to crime hotspot

It was once branded as an ‘enchanting’ gem of a seaside resort, attracting 5million visitors a year and hailed by the author Thomas Hardy as a ‘city set in a garden’.

Yet Bournemouth’s pleasures have turned sour for many locals as a series of horrific crimes cast a shadow over the resort – including last week’s fatal stabbing of 34-year-old beloved mother and wife Amie Gray.

The picture-postcard appeal of the resort has made it one of the UK’s most popular tourist destinations ever since the arrival of the railways in the Victorian age.

But modern-day residents have become alarmed about a rising tide of crime ranging from harrowing murders, rapes and violent attacks to daylight drug-dealing and threatening anti-social behaviour.

The town has been compared to the ‘Wild West’ following a spike in attacks – with the crime rate last year amounting to 83 offences per 1,000 people, as opposed to a Dorset-wide 61.T

he number of violent and sexual offences in Bournemouth recorded by police last year rose by 1.5 per cent to 11,551, compared to 11,378 in 2022.

Bournemouth West MP Sir Conor Burns has been raising concerns about crime across the visitor attraction and calling for more police presence in the town centre.

In another shocking attack, Afghan asylum seeker Lawangeen Abdulrahimzai fatally stabbed aspiring Royal Marine Tom Roberts in Bournemouth in March 2022.

He told the Commons: ‘There are individuals who abuse the system – that’s wrong as a matter of principle but it’s also a serious safeguarding risk to genuine children.

‘It’s important that we weed out those cases of abuse because it poses such a risk.

‘I’m afraid we’ve seen some very tragic instances such as the murder that occurred in Bournemouth at the behest of somebody who had posed as a child.’

Ms Gray’s death is far from the only police inquiry in the area in search of answers – while fears have also been raised over a spate of rapes and violent assaults.

And locals have told of rising crime and security worries, with one saying: ‘There’s definitely been a noticeable increase in anti-social behaviour and crime in Bournemouth in the last few years.’

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