Members of the public who ‘bravely intervened’ when a man on roller skates launched a knife attack have been praised by a police chief, as more information was tonight released on those injured.
Three people were taken to hospital following today’s terrifying knife attack in Wells Road in Knowle.
None of their injuries are believed to be life-threatening.
A third man, also aged in his 20s, sustained a head injury. He was taken to the same hospital but has now been discharged.
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Witnesses say the attacker was confronted and chased by members of the public. Two police officers were also threatened with a knife, Avon and Somerset Police it was also revealed tonight.
Chief Inspector Nigel Colston, neighbourhood commander for South Bristol, said: “Several members of the public bravely intervened in the incident and I’d like to praise their bravery and thank them for their assistance.
“South Bristol is a safe area and they demonstrated great courage and community spirit when faced with a very unusual incident.
“I’d also like to thank the two officers who detained a man who threatened to cause them harm. No one should be threatened while at work and the way they dealt with the situation was a credit to themselves and to Avon and Somerset Police.”
Officers used a Taser to detain a man at the scene. A man, aged in his 30s, remains in police custody.
Ch Insp Colston tonight moved to reassure residents that today’s stabbings were not linked to terrorism after rumours have been circulating on social media.
He said: “This kind of incident is extremely rare in Bristol and while we’re keeping an open mind about it,
“I’d like to reassure people we do not believe it to be terrorism.
“A full investigation is already underway and a team of detectives are working hard to establish exactly what happened.
“They have a significant number of witnesses to speak to and will be carrying out other enquiries, including house to house and CCTV enquiries in the coming days.”
He added: “We expect the specialist crime scene investigators to soon finish examining the area and we’ll then be able to lift the road closures. I appreciate the closures have caused disruption and I’d like to thank the public for their patience while we carried out the necessary enquiries.
“Neighbourhood officers will be carrying out reassurance patrols during the next few days and anyone with any concerns is encouraged to speak to them.”
Witness Gary Stancer has described to Bristol Live the moment his friend was attacked.
He was in a pub with his friend Rob Day when he said he saw a man had been stabbed. They rushed out to help and, he says, his friend Rob was then attacked.
“He said to me I’ve been stabbed,” said Gary. “A man with a red shirt, whoever the man with the red shirt is a hero.
“Rob was stabbed, he said to me ‘I’ve been stabbed’. The man with the red shirt stepped in. I picked up a sign and hit him. I fell over.
“We chased him up the road.”