South Bristol police manhunt ends with stinger arrest drama

Two men have been detained by police after a huge manhunt across South Bristol tonight, following reports that a woman was attacked in Bedminster.

Police deployed a stinger device to stop two men on a motorbike after a chase ended in the warren of underpasses under the Winterstoke Road junction near Ashton Gate stadium.

The arrests happened just before 9.30pm tonight in the subway at the end of Bower Ashton Terrace. Minutes after the two men were grabbed by police, a motorbike could be seen on the ground with the engine still running, in the underpass beneath the Winterstoke junction.

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Police officers at the scene were still guarding the abandoned bike as officers took the two suspects away. Officers from across Bristol had descended on Bedminster and Ashton Gate after reports of a robbery in which a woman was allegedly mugged in Bedminster just after 7.15pm tonight, Thursday, March 10.

Police said that at 7.18pm tonight they received a report of a robbery on St John’s Lane in Bedminster.

Bristol Live understands that the robbery involved two men attacking a woman in the street, who received minor injuries that did not require hospital treatment. That report sparked a major manhunt all over Bedminster and Ashton Gate, as the search for the two men got underway.

A police officer packs away a stinger device used to stop two wanted men on a motorbike in Ashton Gate
A police officer packs away a stinger device used to stop two wanted men on a motorbike in Ashton Gate

Police drafted in the Filton-based helicopter search team from the National Police Air Service, which circled the Bedminster, Ashton, Bedminster Down and Ashton Gate areas of South Bristol for more than an hour.

Then, just after 9pm, two suspects on a bike were cornered in the network of underpasses that connect Ashton Gate to Bower Ashton and Ashton Court. Bristol Live understands a stinger device was used to attempt to stop the bike.

Police confirmed that the arrests were made in connection with the earlier offence.

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