Police want to trace these youths after teenager glassed over head during Eastville mugging

July 04 2019
Police want to trace these youths after teenager glassed over head during Eastville mugging

POLICE have released CCTV pictures of four suspects in a mugging near Eastville Park which ended in a violent assault.

The Voice reported last month that a 17-year-old boy had been attacked by a group of teenage boys on Fishponds Road, near to Eastville Park at around 11.45pm on Sunday, 26 May.

The attack took place shortly after the end of the Love Saves The Day festival in the park and the area would have been busier than usual for that time on a Sunday night.

One of the offenders stole the victim’s phone during the attack, before entering a nearby shop.

The victim then tried to retrieve his phone but was attacked a second time inside the shop. He was hit over the head with a glass bottle and wounded.

Three boys, aged 15, 16 and 17 have been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm in connection with the incident. The 15-year-old was released on police bail while the others have been released under investigation, while enquiries continue.

Avon and Somerset police are calling on anyone who witnessed the incident, recorded footage of it or thinks they recognise the people in the CCTV images to call 101 and quote the crime reference number 5218 179 997.

Information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or online.

Last week the Voice reported that police were mounting targeted patrols after a series of robberies in the Fishponds area.

Most of the victims of the muggings have been teenagers and there have been eight arrests, all of teenage boys.

Avon and Somerset police say they are keeping an open mind about whether several incidents involving muggings by gangs of boys on bikes are linked.

A police spokesperson said: “Officers have noticed a slight increase in robbery in East Bristol over the past few weeks and have been targeting their patrols in response.

“It’s important to report incidents to police straight away if you can. Call 999 if the suspects are still in the area, otherwise ring 101 or report online.”