Attempted murder arrests after Weston-super-Mare stabbing

PUBLISHED: 15:59 24 July 2015 | UPDATED: 16:10 24 July 2015

The scene of the incident in Prospect Place, Weston-super-Mare.

The scene of the incident in Prospect Place, Weston-super-Mare.

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TWO men have been arrested today (Friday) on suspicion of attempted murder, after a stabbing in a Weston-super-Mare street in broad daylight left two men with ‘serious’ injuries – with one still fighting for his life in hospital.

The scene of the incident in Prospect Place, Weston-super-Mare.The scene of the incident in Prospect Place, Weston-super-Mare.

The pair were attacked outside the Saffron House block of flats in Prospect Place by a group of men, who fled the scene on pushbikes, at about 8pm on July 17.

One of the victims, who is 37 years old, suffered life-threatening injuries.

He was transferred to Southmead Hospital in Bristol in the early hours of Saturday morning, where he remains in a ‘critical but stable condition’.

The other man sustained less serious injuries and received medical treatment in Weston. The police have not named either victim.

Three men were arrested this morning after police officers executed a number of warrants in the Weston area.

Two were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and one was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm (GBH). All three are in police custody.

Five people were also arrested on Sunday – two for drug offences. All five have since been released on bail.

One neighbour described the attack as ‘horrible’.

The 75-year-old woman – who did not wish to be named – heard the attack from her living room across the street and said it is upsetting to see police and forensic teams outside her window.

She said: “There was a lot of commotion. I heard a girl screaming and the man was pouring with blood.

“It is just horrible. How can people outside your front door be injured like that?

“I am 75 and you do not want things like that around you when you are at this age. It is frightening.”

Tony Harding lives in Prospect Place, and said: “It is not the sort of place where you would expect something like this to happen.

“I thought I would be safe and out of the way of things here.”

Another neighbour, Anthony Brooks, said: “There always seems to be bits of trouble in those flats but it doesn’t affect us much across the road.

“I cannot understand why anyone would do something like that – what is the world coming to?

“I just hope the victim pulls through.”

Avon and Somerset Constabulary Superintendent Geoff Wessell said: “I would like to reiterate our thanks to the local community for their support and co-operation over the week as this investigation continued.

“I hope this second round of arrests highlights our dedication to tackling violent crimes and the issue of drugs in our communities.

“There will be an increased level of patrol reassurance activity in the area over the coming days.

“I would continue to urge anyone who has information regarding this incident to come forward immediately.

“Anyone with information is asked to contact us on 101 quoting crime reference number 1048 of 17/7.”

Visit the Avon and Somerset Constabulary website for more details.

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