West Town Lane Brislington: Everything we know on an attack on a taxi driver during an armed brawl
Avon and Somerset Police have this morning issued a statement on what happened
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A taxi driver was injured in an armed brawl involving a number of youths he was dropping off and a male at a property in Brislington late last night (May 21)
There was a huge police response, including drones and a helicopter, after officers on patrol discovered the injured taxi driver in West Town Lane at around 9.15pm.
Avon and Somerset Police said the attack happened after the driver, in his 50s, dropped off a number of youths at West Town Lane, and an ‘altercation’ took place at a home which saw a car and the property damaged.
A male then chased the group back to the taxi while holding a bladed article. It was then that the taxi driver suffered an injury. He was taken to hospital with injuries not thought to be life-threatening.
Meanwhile, a huge police search took place of the area and a 17-year-old male was arrested on suspicion of wounding with intent causing grievous bodily harm at about 11.50pm.
Police say the youths, reportedly in possession of weapons including baseball bats, fled the scene. West Town Lane was closed during the police search.
A spokesperson for the police force said: “A search of the surrounding area was conducted by officers, with support of the National Police Air Service helicopter. A 17-year-old male was arrested on suspicion of wounding with intent causing grievous bodily harm at about 11.50pm. He remains in custody at this time
“Enquiries to identify all those involved are ongoing. A baseball bat was recovered by officers in the Callington Road area overnight.”
South West Ambulance Service also issued a statement confirming it being called out. A spokesperson said: “We were called at 21.15hrs on May 21st to an incident in the Brislington area. We sent two double-crew land ambulances, rapid response vehicle, hazardous area response team and a critical care car. One individual was taken to Bristol Royal Infirmary.”
Anyone with information about the incident is asked ot call police on 101 and quote reference number 5223118527. Alternatively call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.