Man charged over Bournemouth rape and stabbing attacks

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image captionA woman was found injured in Vale Road just before midnight

A man has been charged with rape and two murder attempts after separate attacks on the same day in Bournemouth.

A woman, in her 40s, was found with stab wounds and a teenage girl suffered a neck injury in Maxwell Road at about 20:00 GMT on Thursday.

A second woman, in her 30s, was found on Vale Road with a stab wound to her neck shortly before midnight.

Mark Williams was remanded in custody by Poole magistrates to appear at Bournemouth Crown Court on 25 February.

The 37-year-old defendant, from Bournemouth, also faces two counts of false imprisonment, one of committing grievous bodily harm with intent and one of sexual assault.

Dorset Police said all the charges related to attacks on Thursday which took place about two miles (3km) away from each other.

All three victims of the attacks were taken to hospital. Dorset Police said their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

The force is appealing for witnesses and anyone with dashcam footage from the two roads, in Winton and Boscombe, to come forward.

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