Two arrested after fourth Weston stabbing in a month
PUBLISHED: 13:46 30 July 2015 | UPDATED: 13:46 30 July 2015
A 21-YEAR-OLD man remains in hospital after he was stabbed in broad daylight in a Weston-super-Mare street yesterday (Wednesday).
A passer-by found the man bleeding at around 3.30pm in Sandford Road following the second stabbing in the street in less than a month, and the fourth in Weston since the start of July.
Police have stepped up uniformed patrols as a result of the latest attack, which left the victim with a puncture wound to his upper arm.
A 16-year-old boy from London and a 19-year-old man from Weston were arrested in Lonsdale Avenue, more than a mile away on the Bournville estate, within an hour of the stabbing, after police liaison with North Somerset CCTV teams. Both have been released on police bail pending further inquiries.
The victim’s injuries are not believed to be life-threatening, but he remains in hospital for treatment.
This latest stabbing follows similar incidents during July in Prospect Place, for which two men have been arrested on attempted murder charges, Puttingthorpe Drive, and another in Sandford Road.
Neighbourhood Sergeant Colin Batchelor said he understood residents’ concerns over the frequency of the attacks, but added there had been no link found between yesterday’s attack and the assault in Prospect Place.
He said: “We’re aware of community concern following the serious assault in Prospect Place last week, however there is nothing to suggest that these two incidents are connected, or that the general public is at any increased risk.
“We have increased our uniformed patrols of the town to help reassure the community that we will respond quickly and effectively to criminal activity.”
Police are also appealing for witnesses and information from anyone around the Locking Road or Sandford Road areas in the hour surrounding the attack.
Detective Constable Iain Prideaux said: “We are keen to hear from anyone who was in the Sandford Road or Locking Road areas of Weston between 3-4pm.
“Anyone who can help our enquiries is asked to get in touch online through www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/contact-us, or by calling 101 quoting reference 82783/15. Alternatively, call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. They never ask your name or trace your call.”