Two teenagers charged with murder after 16-year-old stabbed to death in Bristol

Two teenage boys have been charged with murder after a 16-year-old was stabbed to death in Bristol.

Darrian Williams died after being knifed in Rawnsley Park play area in the Easton area of the city on Wednesday.

Police said he was attacked by two people wearing masks who then fled on bicycles.

After being attacked, the teenager ran to nearby Stapleton Road where he was helped by a motorist before collapsing in West Street, Old Market. He died at the scene.

Avon and Somerset Police said on Sunday that two 15-year-old boys had been charged with murder. The boys will appear before Bristol Youth Court on Monday.

They have also each been charged with possessing a knife in a public place.

Detective Inspector Neil Meade, the senior investigating officer, said: “Our thoughts tonight are with Darrian’s family following this development.

“We continue to deploy significant resources into the investigation and we will keep them fully informed as it progresses.”

He added: “Knife crime destroys lives and we’re committed to working with our partners and the communities we serve to do everything we can to prevent tragic incidents such as this from happening and to educate young people about the consequences of carrying a knife.”

Since Darrian’s death, the force has introduced enhanced stop-and-search powers in parts of Bristol, while a new police operation targeting youth violence has also been launched.

Officers have met with headteachers to discuss how police can provide support and reassurance ahead of pupils returning to school from half term.

There will be additional patrols outside schools next week, while a mobile police station will be in the area over the coming days.

The killing comes weeks after the deaths of Mason Rist, 15, and Max Dixon, 16, who were stabbed in the Knowle West area of the city.