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PCC statement following stabbing of teenager in Bristol

I am deeply saddened by the knife crime incident involving a teenage boy in Bristol yesterday (Thursday 27 June). Thankfully, his injuries are not considered life-threatening, and he and his family are receiving support. My heart goes out to the young victim and his family during this incredibly difficult time.

I understand that incidents like these cause great concern and fear for the wider community, especially for parents worried about their own children’s safety.

I have been in communication with the Chief Constable to seek assurances and Avon and Somerset Police are working hard to quickly identify those responsible for this awful attack.

I want to reassure the community that significant resource and effort is being dedicated to addressing the issue of knife crime. This includes increased police visibility, community engagement, and intensive intervention work with young people to prevent them becoming victims or perpetrators. Alongside this I am in continued ongoing discussions about how we can all work together to prevent these tragedies. I know that these words may be cold comfort in the wake of another serious incident in which a child has been hurt but I want you to know this is a priority and work is happening.

It is crucial that we support one another and work as a community to protect our young people and prevent further tragedies. Let’s stand united against knife crime and create a safer, more supportive environment for everyone in in Avon and Somerset.

Police are urging anyone who witnessed the incident, or if you have mobile phone, dashcam, or doorbell footage that could assist the investigation, to please come forward. Your information could be crucial. You can contact the police directly at 101 and reference the number 5224167149. Alternatively, you can provide information anonymously through the charity CrimeStoppers, either online or via 0800 555 111. Your call and details can never be traced.