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PCC Statement on Operation Marble

The events that took place on Bournemouth Beach on Wednesday were heartbreakingly tragic and I can only send my deepest and most heartfelt condolences to the two families who lost their precious children that day.

This is a complex investigation involving a number of agencies including the Coroner’s Office, the Marine Accident Investigation Branch, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and Dorset Police. These agencies are working together at pace to investigate what happened that day and they must be given the time and space needed to do that fully, thoroughly, professionally and without hinderance.

The veracity of any statement made by those investigating this incident must be beyond reproach and I would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that the victims, and their family’s needs are paramount – they deserve to be the first to have the answers to the myriad of questions they must have and to be given the time to process what happened at the beach that day. Please could I ask everyone to respect the work of the investigation teams involved and respect the victims and their grieving families and friends.

Let the investigations proceed and statements issued when the full facts are known.


David Sidwick

Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner

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