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Teenager jailed for two separate knife attacks

Bristol Crown Court

A 17-year-old boy has been jailed for stabbing the same man in two separate attacks.

The teenager first stabbed his victim on Byron Street, Bristol on 23 October last year, inflicting wounds to his upper body and hip.

He was arrested following the incident and charged with affray and possession with a bladed article but attacked his victim a second time prior to appearing in court.

In the second incident, which happened on 18 May this year, he stabbed his 19-year-old victim in the chest at a pub on Stapleton Road, Bristol.

He was again arrested and later charged with the assault, following which he was remanded into custody.

“We need parents, families and friends to play their part and report anyone who they believe is carrying a knife.

Chief Inspector Zoe Chegwyn – force knife crime lead

The teenager last month pleaded guilty to two counts of GBH and two counts of possessing an offensive weapon and was sentenced today (Friday, 29th November) at Bristol Crown Court to nine-and-a-half years.

Detective Constable James Organ, one of the investigating officers, said: “The sentence handed out today by the judge reflects the extremely serious nature of the two incidents.

“The victim in this case is very fortunate to have survived both attacks
“We take all incidents such as this very seriously and will always pursue offenders robustly.”

Chief Inspector Zoe Chegwyn, force lead for knife crime, said: “Knife crime continues to be an issue nationwide, and within our force area, and we are using a number of approaches to help reduce the number of knives on our streets from knife sweeps to education initiatives with retailers and surrender bins.

“But we also know that police enforcement alone can’t solve the problem which is why we are also committed to working with schools, and in communities, to educate and engage young people about the potentially devastating consequences of carrying a knife.

“We also need parents, families and friends to play their part and report anyone who they believe is carrying a knife.

“If you don’t want to speak to the police you can speak to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”