Bath Voice News: the city’s MP reacts to the tragic death of a teenage boy in a stabbing incident as police step up investigations with three more arrested bringing the numbers in custody to eleven

Harry Mottram: Responding to the fatal stabbing over the past weekend in Bath, Wera Hobhouse, MP for Bath, commented: “Our first focus must be the victim and their family. My heart goes out to all those affected by this tragic loss of life and we must do everything to support them. 

“It would be inappropriate of me to comment further on the specifics of this crime while the police investigation is ongoing. 

“Keeping our young people safe from knife crime is a national challenge. Here in Bath we need to step up to this challenge. This will involve working together across the Avon and Somerset police area and with neighbouring forces.

“We also need to get better at tackling the root causes of knife crime by working closely with local stakeholders.”

Meanwhile First West of England Bus Service has issued a statement on the service in the area. They said: “With reference to the 4/4a/4b routes. Due to an incident, we are unable to serve Eastfield Avenue. Please note these are Bath services.”

The BBC have reported residents saying there was loud screaming coming from a party in the road at the time of the incident. Investigations are on-going with a large part of the avenue taped off by the Police.

In an updated statement on Sunday Ch Insp Ronald Lungu, of the Bath Neighbourhood Team, said: “Specialist liaison officers are now in place and have informed the boy’s parents of this latest development.

“Our thoughts continue to be with them at this sad time.”

A significant police presence is expected in the area over the next few days while officers and police staff carry out forensic examinations, a review of CCTV footage and house-to-house inquiries.

A forensic post-mortem examination to determine the cause of the boy’s death will take place in due course.

Anyone who witnessed anything, or who has any other information which could help our investigation, is asked to contact us.

If you can help, please call 101 and give the call handler the reference number 5223136640.

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