A 14-YEAR-OLD boy has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a 17-year-old boy was stabbed to death in Bristol, England.
The victim was found lying in a pool of blood at a property in Bedminster shortly before 1.30pm yesterday (Saturday, December 14). Emergency services had rushed to the scene, however, despite the best efforts of paramedics the teenager died at the scene.
A murder investigation was subsequently launched by police and on Sunday they confirmed that a 14-year-old boy had been arrested and taken into custody.
Specialist crime scene investigators examined Mansfield Street on Saturday as well as an address in Parson Street where the assault took place. As Euro Weekly News understands, a post-mortem examination and formal identification of the victim will take place at a later date.
Detective Inspector Phil Walker, of the Major Crime Investigation Team, released a statement and urged anyone who is concerned about this incident to contact their local neighbourhood team or visit their local police station. He said:
“We’re carrying out a full investigation into what is clearly a very tragic incident.
“Our thoughts are with the boy’s family as they come to terms with their loss and specially trained family liaison officers will be providing them with support.
“We believe this is an isolated incident involving people known to each other.
“A 14-year-old has been arrested in connection with the incident and he is also being provided with the appropriate support while he remains in custody.”
Knife crime is rife across England and Wales and a recent study by the Home Office revealed that there were 43,516 offences in the 12 months ending March 2019.
This is an increase of 80% from March 2014 when there were 23,945 offences, and is the highest number since comparable data was compiled. In addition, out of the 44 police forces, 43 recorded a rise in knife crime since 2011.