Bristol stabbing in city centre leaves man in critical condition


A man is in a critical condition in hospital after he was stabbed in broad daylight in the centre of Bristol this morning. One man has been arrested in connection with the incident.

Police have praised members of the public who intervened and disarmed the attacker within seconds of the incident, which happened outside the McDonalds on Bond Street at around 11.30am today, Tuesday, May 28.

A man in his 40s was taken to hospital in a critical condition with stab wounds, and is currently receiving treatment, police said. A 37-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of causing GBH with intent, and is currently being held by police, a spokesperson said.

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The incident unfolded at the junction of Bond Street and Hannover Court, the pedestrian street that connects Bond Street with the Horsefair and Cabot Circus, at around 11.30am. Police said they received a number of calls from members of the public about an altercation between two men at that spot.

"Officers were on the scene within two minutes of the first call and found a man aged in his 40s with stab wounds," said a spokesperson for Avon and Somerset police. "The man was taken to hospital in a critical condition by the ambulance service and is currently receiving treatment.

"A 37-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of causing GBH with intent and is currently in police custody. Specialist crime scene investigators recovered a knife during their examination of the area," he added.

Police praised passers-by for intervening, including a couple of people who disarmed the attacker. “Several members of the public bravely intervened in this incident after seeing it take place," said investigating officer T/DC Andrew Smetham. "They disarmed a man with a knife and prevented him from leaving the area before officers arrived.

“There is never any expectation on people to intervene in acts of violence and I’d like to recognise the courage it will have taken those who put themselves in harm’s way. Another member of the public also came to the aid of the injured man, giving him first aid, and they too deserve praise.

A police cordon after an incident on Hannover Court, the pedestrian street between Horsefair and Cabot Circus and Bond Street in Bristol city centre
A police cordon after an incident on Hannover Court, the pedestrian street between Horsefair and Cabot Circus and Bond Street in Bristol city centre -Credit:Bristol Post

“While we don’t believe there is any ongoing risk to the public, neighbourhood officers will remain in the area and will continue to carry out patrols in the city centre to provide reassurance," he added.

Leanne Reynolds, from the Daniel Baird Foundation, confirmed that a bleed kit installed at a location near to the incident, was accessed and used by those members of the public treating the man who was stabbed, before paramedics arrived.

"Enquiries into what happened are underway, with officers speaking to witnesses and reviewing CCTV footage," a police spokesperson said.