TWO men have been arrested on suspicion of rape and attempted murder after a series of assaults which left three women seriously injured.
Police have confirmed that two of the three victims suffered from stab wounds during the incidents, which took place in Bournemouth within four hours of each other.
Officers were alerted to a woman who had been stabbed at an address in Maxwell Road at around 8.05pm on Thursday.
One woman was rushed to hospital for treatment for serious injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening.
A second woman was also taken to hospital after receiving an injury to her neck, which is also not believed to be life-threatening.
Police confirmed that a rape occured during the first incident, and a 29-year-old man from Poole has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and rape.
The second incident took place at 11.59pm, with officers being called to Vale Road after reports that a woman had been attacked.
A third woman was rushed to hospital with serious injuries after officers attended and found her suffering from a stab wound.
Officers searched the area and arrested a 37-year-old man from Bournemouth on suspicion of attempted murder and rape.
A cordon is still in place at both scenes for detectives to carry out their enquiries as both men are assisting police with enquiries.
Detective Superintendent Stewart Dipple, of Bournemouth CID, said: “A detailed investigation is underway into both of these incidents, which at this time are being treated as linked.
“I am appealing to anyone who was in the area of either Maxwell Road or Vale Road at the relevant times and saw what happened to please get in touch.
“I would also ask any motorists who have a dashcam fitted to their vehicle and were travelling in the areas to check their footage for anything relevant to assist my enquiries.
“There will be an increased police presence in the vicinity over the coming days and officers can be approached by members of the community with any concerns."
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