Monday, 24 Jun 2024

Two charged with murder after human remains found near a beach

Two people are set to appear in court later today after ‘partial human remains’ were found near a popular beach.

The remains were found  by a member of the public near the Manor Steps Zig Zag, which leads down to Boscombe beach in Bournemouth, Dorset.

Police launched an investigation and following scientific analysis the victim has been identified as 49-year-old Simon Shotton from Bournemouth.

His family has been informed.

Debbie Ann Pereira, 38, and Benjamin Lee Atkins, 48, both also from Bournemouth, were arrested and have since been charged with murder.

They are set to appear at Poole magistrates court on Tuesday (September 5).

Detective Inspector Neil Third said: ‘Our thoughts remain with the family of Simon Shotton and they have been updated with this latest development in our investigation.

‘This matter has been the subject of a meticulous and complex investigation and we have now reached the point where charges of murder have been authorised following consultation with the CPS.

‘As this case will now be the subject of active court proceedings, it would not be appropriate for us to comment any further at this time as we must ensure the justice system is allowed to follow its course.

‘It is also important to stress that there should be no further commentary or sharing of information online or on social media that could potentially prejudice these court proceedings.’

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