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Statement from PCC following death of a teenager in Bath

PCC Mark Shelford

“I am aware of the deeply distressing and tragic incident in Bath on Saturday, in which a 16-year-old boy from South Gloucestershire was killed. I would like to pass on my thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of the young man.

“As your Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) I have sought reassurance from Avon and Somerset Police, to ensure they are being proactive and working closely with local partners and the community to put support in place for those affected by this terrible incident.

“Bath & North East Somerset Children’s Services, neighbouring authorities, youth workers and educational psychologists are working with local schools and the police to provide support to those affected by this incident.

“In addition, Youth Connect South West and Project 28 have Youth Workers in Weston and Bath city centre, ready to listen and support young people.

“I understand residents’ concerns about knife crime, and I would like to reassure you that the police, our partners, and local communities are working together to tackle the root causes of this issue.

“Finally, I would urge anyone with information, images or footage of the incident, who hasn’t already been in touch with the police, to please contact them at the earliest opportunity. Please give the reference number 5223136640.”

PCC Mark Shelford

Support Services

Below are some of the support services that are available:

  • Childline: call 0800 11 11 (under 19 years)
  • Cruse Bereavement (daytime support)
    Email: or
  • Hope again: a youth website of Cruse Bereavement Support
  • Kooth: an online mental health community
  • Off The Record have a local in person listening service available
  • Samaritans: call 116 123
  • SAMM: call 01214722912 or Text 07342 888570
  • SHOUT 24/7 Support if you need to talk (or text, or online chat):
    Text the word ‘SHOUT’ to 85258
  • Support Breakthrough (18+): supporting survivors of trauma
  • Victim Support, Homicide Service: call 03003031984

How to report information

You can submit information via the Major Incident Public Portal via this website link.

If you prefer to contact the police by phone, call 101 and provide the call handler with the reference 5223136640.

Anonymous reporting

Alternatively, you can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via their Anonymous Online Form. Please include the case reference number 5223136640. is the dedicated youth service from independent charity Crimestoppers, it provides young people with the opportunity to give information about crime 100% anonymously.

The charity guarantees:

  • You will not be asked to reveal your name or any personal details.
  • Your call will not be recorded.
  • We have no caller line displayno 1471 facility and cannot trace a call.
  • Calls to Crimestoppers are free from all phones, landline or mobile, and will not show up on your bill.
  • Our specially trained call agents will support you through the process and make sure your report contains no information that could identify you.
  • We do not make a note of gender, accents, apparent age or ethnicity of any caller.
  • When you report via our online form, you can do so safe in the knowledge that your device’s IP addresses are overwritten, masked and can never be traced.