Police investigating a murder in Brislington have reassured residents that they have ‘no concerns for their personal safety’ after a ‘violent’ brawl left one man dead and six others injured.
The disorder broke out on Bloomfield Road just before 10pm on Tuesday and saw five men arrested on suspicion of murder after best efforts to save a man lying in Runnymead Avenue failed and he died at the scene.
Out of the five men arrested, two of them were stopped in a vehicle on the M4 heading towards London.
None of the men, some of whom sustained injuries although not not life-threatening, are believed to be from the Bristol area.
A murder probe was launched this morning (Wednesday, May 25) with police and forensics descending on Bloomfield Road, Bath Road and Runnymead Avenue.
Chris Green, a neighbourhood police inspector at Avon and Somerset Police, has been patrolling the area and had this message of reassurance for worried residents this evening.
He said: “Having been to the scene and spoken to a number of residents today, they were shocked and alarmed to see what was going on this morning.
“This visible police presence will remain over the coming days, however we’re keen to reassure residents that we have absolutely no concerns for their personal safety.
“This was a violent incident, but it was isolated and involves a number of men who are from outside Bristol and don’t have any obvious connection to the city.”
Bloomfield Road and Runnymead Avenue were sealed off at the junction with Bath Road overnight so that forensic examinations could be carried out.
Inspector Green said that ‘small sections’ of Bloomfield Road and Runnymead Avenue are still closed and will remain so for the next few days while these examinations continue.
"We want to say a massive thank you to the community for their patience during this time,” he added.
“People have already come forward with offers of help, from CCTV to witness testimonies.
“This incident was shocking and violent for anyone who witnessed it. But while Bath Road is one of the main arterial routes into Bristol, this area of Brislington is not one of high crime and thankfully incidents like this are rare.”
If you have any information that could help the investigation, details on how to get in touch with police are here.
Officers particularly want to hear from anyone who has CCTV, private doorbell or dashcam footage.
You can also call Crimestoppers, free and anonymously, on 0800 555 111.