Murder inquiry launched as one of the Fishponds assault victims dies of his injuries

A 21-year-old man assaulted in Fishponds on Tuesday night has died in hospital of his injuries.

Detectives from the Major Crime Investigation Team are now leading a murder inquiry into the incident which is also being linked to a second assault nearvy. The incidents happened within two hours of each other.

The first incident, in which the 21-year-old was attacked by another man, took place in the vicinity of Gill Avenue shortly before 7pm.

A number of people are then believed to have been involved in an incident on Downend Road at around 8.40pm which left a 48-year-old man with multiple serious injuries. He remains in a critical condition in hospital.

Three men have been arrested on suspicion of attempt murder and currently remain in police custody.

Formal identification of the 21-year-old man will take place following a forensic post-mortem. Specially trained officers are supporting his family.

Detective Inspector Mike Buck, senior investigating officer, said: “This is tragic news and our thoughts are very much with the family of the man that has lost his life, as they are also with the family of the man who continues to fight for his life

“We are carrying out a thorough investigation and are robustly working our way through a number of lines of enquiry. I’d like to reiterate my earlier appeal for anyone who was in the areas of Gill Avenue and Downend Road on Tuesday night who saw the incidents, or anything else suspicious, to contact us.

“We know there are a number of people who were in the area at the time and we’re keen to speak to them at the earliest opportunity. You may not think what you saw is important but please let us assess it – what may seem insignificant could prove to be crucial to obtaining justice.

“We have specially trained officers who will be able to talk to you and reassure you in whichever environment you feel comfortable with.”

DI Buck added: “Our inquiry is moving at a fast pace but I’d also still like to hear from anyone with footage of the incidents, such as that recorded on a dash-cam. If you drove along the streets around the time of the incidents we’d like to see any footage you captured. Similarly, if you rode past on a bus and saw something out of the window, please get in touch.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact us via the UK police major incident public reporting site – www.mipp.police.uk

If you don’t have access to the internet you can still call the non-emergency number 101, providing the call handler with the reference 5218226466.