Teens attacked in park

July 29 2021

A TEENAGER has been locked up for stabbing another boy in a Downend park.
The incident was one of two at King George V playing fields in the space of ten days, in which boys with bikes were targeted by youths armed with knives.
Police arrested a 16-year-old boy after the second incident, on June 9, in which a 13-year-old boy and a friend had been confronted by older youths and had their bikes stolen.
The bikes were given back but the younger boy was then stabbed in the leg and hand, and was left bleeding after the attack, which happened between 6pm and 7pm.
Avon and Somerset police said the victim did not require medical treatment.
The 16-year-old was sentenced to a total of 14 months in youth custody on a detention and training order by a judge at Bristol Youth Court on June 30, after admitting charges of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and possession of a bladed article in a public place.
He was also in breach of an earlier behaviour order for criminal damage, arson and stealing a car in January.
The first incident took place on May 31 between 7.30pm and 7.45pm, when a 16-year-old boy was approached by a group of youths, one of whom took his bike.
A police spokesperson said: "When the victim sought to confront the male, a second male revealed what appeared to be a knife before they made off with the bike."
Police searched the area after the victim got home and told his family what had happened, but no-one was arrested and the bike, a Giant brand mountain bike, is still missing.
Officers say the incident is not believed to be connected to the June 9 attack and are appealing for anyone with information about it to call 101 and quote the incident number 5221 120 138.
They say the suspects are both aged around 16.
One was black, and wearing a black hooded top, and the other was white.