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Murder investigation under way following death of 17-year-old boy in Bristol

We’ve launched a murder investigation after a teenage boy died following an assault in Bristol yesterday (Saturday, 14 December).

A 17-year-old boy was found with a stab wound to the chest on Mansfield Street, Bedminster, shortly before 1.30pm.

The boy was taken to hospital but tragically died a short time later. His next of kin have been informed.

A forensic post-mortem examination and formal identification will be arranged in due course.

Specialist crime scene investigators yesterday examined the scene as well as an address on Parson Street where the assault took place.

A 14-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with the incident and is currently in police custody.

Detective Inspector Phil Walker, of the Major Crime Investigation Team, said: “We’re carrying out a full investigation into what is clearly a very tragic incident.

“Our thoughts are with the boy’s family as they come to terms with their loss and specially trained family liaison officers will be providing them with support.

“We believe this is an isolated incident involving people known to each other.

“A 14-year-old has been arrested in connection with the incident and he is also being provided with the appropriate support while he remains in custody.”

He added: “I’d like to thank local residents for the support they provided to officers yesterday and the patience and understanding they showed us as cordons were put in place while we responded to the incident.

“I appreciate this incident will shock people and neighbourhood officers will be patrolling the area to provide reassurance.

“Should anyone have any concerns about this incident I encourage them to contact their local neighbourhood team or visit their local police station.”

Anyone with information which could help our inquiry is asked to phone 101 and tell the call handler you are phoning in relation to log 5219287969.

You can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100 per cent anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via their Anonymous Online Form.

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.