Police are investigating two assaults in the Fishponds area last night in which two men sustained serious injuries.
A man in his 20s was assaulted on Gill Avenue at around 6.50pm while a man in his 40s was attacked on Downend Road at around 8.30pm. Both men are currently in a critical condition in hospital.
Road closures have been in place around both locations to allow crime scene investigators to examine them.
Detective Inspector Mike Buck said: “I fully appreciate these two incidents are likely to cause concern among members of the public and I’d like to reassure them a thorough investigation is under way.
“While we are in the early stage of our inquiry we have reason to believe the two incidents are linked.
“There will continue to be a significant police presence in the area while officers carry out a detailed search of the scenes – something which they were unable to do during the hours of darkness.
“Anyone with any concerns about what happened is encouraged to speak to an officer at the scenes or contact their local neighbourhood team.”
DI Buck added: “I’d like to appeal for anyone who was in the areas of Gill Avenue and Downend Road last night who saw the incident, or anything else suspicious, to contact us.
“I’d also like to hear from anyone with footage of the incidents, such as that recorded on a dash-cam.
“I expect there could well be motorists who drove past the Premier Store on Downend Road who could have captured something important without realising and I’d ask people to review their footage and share what they have with us.
“Any information or footage you have, regardless of how insignificant you think it might be, could prove crucial to this investigation.”
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.
Alternatively you can pass on information through the independent charity Crimestoppers 100 per cent anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via their anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court or have to speak to police when contacting Crimestoppers.