Marksbury Road in Filwood Ward. Picture Google.
Two teenage boys have been arrested after a 17-year-old youth was stabbed in Bedminster last night (Tuesday 23 August).
The incident happened at around 7pm on Marksbury Road and armed police officers were sent to the scene due to the nature of the incident. A police helicopter was also asked to assist with the search for the offenders.
Police reported two teenage boys, aged 15 and 16, had been subsequently arrested on suspicion of attempted murder from a property, also in South Bristol, at around 8.30pm and they remained in police custody.
The victim was taken to hospital where he continues to receive treatment for injuries which aren’t believed to be life threatening or life changing.
Detective Inspector (DI) Peter Walker said: “We understand the concern an incident like this which involves young people will cause the community and we’d like to reassure them we’re carrying out a thorough investigation into what took place.
“While we are at the early stages of our inquiry, we believe this to be an isolated incident involving individuals known to each other. Officers have already spoken to a number of witnesses and have also been going door-to-door to see if anyone has any additional information.
“Specialist crime scene investigators have examined the scene while we will also be reviewing CCTV from the area. To provide reassurance to local residents we will also be carrying out additional patrols in the area and I’d urge anyone with any information or concerns about the incident to approach an officer.”
Police awarded Government funding last month to tackle serious violence
DI Walker said in July the Home Office had awarded Avon and Somerset Police additional funding to tackle serious violence like this.
He added: “This Grip funding – £2.2million over three years – has enabled us to introduce high-visibility insight-led patrols in locations across the Avon and Somerset area where evidence suggests serious violence is most likely to occur.
“We’re also committed to working in close partnership with early invention teams, local authorities and other partners to understand and tackle the underlying causes of serious violence…”
He said Neighbourhood Policing Teams were currently carrying out days and weeks of action, working closely with education and youth groups, “to deter and divert young people vulnerable to exploitation and involvement from criminal activity and violence.“
Specially trained Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) and School Link Officers are also providing targeted education to young people in schools and youth settings on a whole host of topics – from knife crime through to exploitation.
Anyone who witnessed the incident or has information which could help police with their inquiry is asked to call 101 and provide the call handler with the reference 5222203576.