Police need 'crucial' witnesses to murder and ‘linked’ attack

November 02 2018
Police need 'crucial' witnesses to murder and ‘linked’ attack

POLICE say vital witnesses to a murder and a serious assault in Fishponds have yet to come forward.

Detectives believe some people may not have got in touch because they don’t think what they saw was important – but in fact it could be “crucial” to the investigation into the killing of 21-year-old Ronald Leigh and an assault on another man.

Mr Leigh died of this injuries in hospital, three days after he was stabbed by a man in Gill Avenue, Oldbury Court, just before 7pm on October 9.

At 8.40pm on the same night another man, aged 48, was attacked outside the shops in nearby Downend Road and taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Police from the Avon and Somerset Major Crime Investigation Team believe the attack on Mr Leigh “led directly” to the Downend Road assault, which was carried out by several people.

They want to hear from a woman who was standing at a bus stop on Downend Road just before the second assault, as well as motorists who drove past the scene and may have dashcam footage.

Senior investigating officer Detective Inspector Mike Buck said: “We’re continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding Ronald’s death and our thoughts are very much with his family at this distressing time.

“They are being fully supported by a trained family liaison officer, who will keep them updated on the progress of our investigation.

“We understand this is also a concerning time for the local community, and anyone with any concerns is encouraged to contact their local neighbourhood team.

“We’ve come a long way in our investigation and established a significant amount of information.

“However, we know there were people in the area at the time of the incidents who have not yet come forward.

“We know there was a woman at the bus stop on Downend Road shortly before the second assault and we’re keen to know what she saw.

“Motorists drove past and I’d also like to see their dash camera footage: it could hold the keys to this investigation.

“You may not think what you saw is important but please let us assess it – what may seem insignificant could prove to be crucial to obtaining justice for the two victims.”

Five people have been arrested in connection with the Downend Road assault.

Anyone with information should contact the police via the UK police major incident public reporting site, mipp.police.uk, or call Avon and Somerset police on 101, quoting crime reference number 5218 226 466.