Two teenagers have been killed after an attack ‘by a number of people’ in Bristol.
The 15- and 16-year-old boys were killed during an attack in Ilminster Avenue in Knowle West at around 11.20pm on Saturday.
Officers arrived at the scene within minutes of the first 999 call and provided first aid at the scene. The boys were rushed to separate hospitals but they both died in the early hours of Sunday morning.
The stabbings were carried out by ‘a number of people’ before the group then fled the scene in a car.
A murder investigation has now been launched, and two people have already been arrested.
A 44-year-old man and a 15-year-old boy are still in police custody, and a car has been seized.
The two victims haven’t been formally identified yet, and it’s not yet known if the victims and the suspects knew each other.
Avon and Somerset Police say they’re still looking for more suspects.
Superintendent Mark Runacres said: ‘This is an incredibly shocking and tragic incident where two young boys, who had their whole lives ahead of them, have sadly died.
‘Our collective thoughts are with their families at what is undoubtedly a very difficult time. Specialist family liaison officers will now be assigned to the families to provide them with support and keep them updated on the investigation.
‘A cordon is in place on Ilminster Avenue between Newquay Road and Tavistock Road, and members of the public can expect to see a large police presence as forensic searches and other enquiries are conducted.
‘There are a significant number of properties within the cordon and we would like to apologise for the disruption caused, but we hope people understand the importance of the work being carried out.
‘House-to-house enquiries are underway and CCTV and doorbell footage continues to be gathered.
‘We have also identified several witnesses who we will be taking statements from. Detectives are particularly keen to speak with passengers on a bus which was on Ilminster Avenue at the time of the incident.
‘The neighbourhood policing team will be setting up a mobile police station near the scene. We encourage anyone with any concerns or questions to speak to any of the officers. High-visibility patrols will also be carried out to provide reassurance to the community.’
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