Artwork to be removed as apology issued to families of beach tragedy

Portal on Bournemouth beach this morning <i>(Image: Newsquest)</i>
Portal on Bournemouth beach this morning (Image: Newsquest)


Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council has issued an apology over a “crass” art installation following a complaint made by the families of the children who died after an incident off Bournemouth beach.

Sunnah Khan, 12 and Joe Abbess, 17, died following an incident near Bournemouth Pier on May 31.

It is understood the families of the two children complained it 'frames the area of sea where they lost their lives'.

Graham Farrant, chief executive of BCP Council, said: “We are deeply sorry for such a crass mistake which clearly should never have happened.

“We have extended an unreserved apology to the families for causing further upset at what is undoubtedly already a distressing time.

“Work is underway to closed down the installation and we will review our internal processes to understand how this happened and what changes need to be made to avoid this from happening again.”

The 15 metre Portal structure was put in place near Bournemouth Pier on Thursday as part of Arts by the Sea Festival.

It had been due to be in place until next Wednesday, October 4.

The Daily Echo has contacted Arts by the Sea for a comment.

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