Avon and Somerset PCC speaks out about the latest fatal Bristol stabbing

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Avon and Somerset PCC Mark Shelford's statement has spoken out about the fatal stabbing of a 16-year-old boy in Bristol on Wednesday (February 14).

The teenager died after he was stabbed in the St Philips area of the city. Police were called by the ambulance service at 6pm to a report that a boy had been found injured on West Street, where he died at the scene.

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Police say the boy was attacked in Rawnsley Park by two people wearing masks. They are thought to have left the scene on bicycles.

PCC Shelford said: "I am saddened to learn about the fatal stabbing of a 16-year-old boy in Bristol on Wednesday evening. I would like to pass on my thoughts and prayers to his family and friends, as their PCC, but also as a fellow parent.

"Devastating incidents like this will understandably create heartache and raise concern among the wider community.

"I understand that knife crime is very concerning for residents across Avon and Somerset. I want to meet and talk to people to hear their concerns on this issue, so that I can then feed this back to the police, our partners and other local communities so I will be arranging a meeting between the police and community leaders to share information about what is happening and next steps.

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"I have asked the Chief Constable to explore the full range of practice options that the Police have at their disposal for prevention and deterrent, and to explore options of bring into the force psychologists and academics to audit the best practice for the prevention of knife crime. I really want to understand why young men feel the need to carry knives and commit violence and how to stop it.

"I would also like to reassure communities that there is proactive preventative work underway to support young people, youth professionals and local community groups through the Bristol Violence Reduction Partnership (VRP).

"The Bristol VRP works collaboratively with partners to deliver a public health approach in reducing and preventing violence. Together they offer a range of youth support services, from school initiatives, mentoring to outreach youth work to raise awareness of the dangers and consequences on knife crime.

"Myself, Avon and Somerset Police, the local Councils and communities are all committed to preventing knife crime, and stopping young people coming to harm.”

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Mr Shelford has asked that residents who have concerns to reach out to their local officers.

If you have any information that may help Avon and Somerset Police with their investigation, contact them directly via 101 and reference 5224039827. Alternatively, you can provide information anonymously through CrimeStoppers, either online or via 0800 555 111.

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