Update on investigation into double stabbing in Trowbridge

Alert message sent 19/02/2019 14:24:00

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We are continuing to urge people to come forward and assist with our investigation into a double stabbing in Trowbridge.

Three teenagers arrested in connection with the incident last week have now been released on conditional bail.

A/Det Sgt Rob Blake, from Melksham CID, said: “We have made progress on this investigation, quickly cordoning off the scene of the assault, identifying three people of interest and making arrests.

“However, if we are going to solve this case then we need people to come forward and speak to us.

“We know that there are people in Trowbridge who will have been talking about this incident and who have information which will be vital to our enquiries.

“Do you know anyone who was involved? Have you heard them talking about what happened and the weapon that was involved?

“We know that the community of Trowbridge are concerned about drug-related activity and knife crime and want to help the police in cracking down on this type of violence, so please come forward and give us the information we need to bring the offenders to justice.

“We know some people will naturally be apprehensive about speaking to police, given the nature of what has happened, however we cannot stress how important it is that people engage with us so we can move the investigation forward. Please be reassured that you can speak to us anonymously if you prefer.”

Inspector James Williams, from Wiltshire West Community Policing Team, added: “We have been working with partner agencies to reduce knife crime and educate young people in the area about the dangers of carrying knives.

“We have also been carrying out proactive patrols in Trowbridge and stopping and searching individuals where grounds exist.

“I would like to reassure the public that most young people do not carry knives, but that where we have information to suggest a person is carrying a weapon we will target them.

“We also work closely with our partners to identify young people who we believe may be at risk of being drawn into carrying a weapon and work to educate and prevent them from carrying weapons.

“There will always be a small number who will continue to carry weapons and we will use all methods at our disposal to target them but we cannot do this alone. If you suspect that someone is carrying a weapon then please call 999 and pass us the information immediately.”

Two 17-year-old boys and a 16-year-old boy were arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm on Friday (15/2/19) and have been released on conditional bail, pending further enquiries.

One of them, a 17-year-old boy from Trowbridge, has been charged with possession of a knife and appeared at Swindon Magistrates Court on Saturday (16/02/19). He was released on conditional bail and is due to return to court later this month.

He cannot be named for legal reasons due to his age.

Insp Williams added: “I know people will find it frustrating that these teenagers have been released on bail, but I would like to emphasise that there are conditions imposed which mean police will be able to monitor their activities. Our investigation is very much still active and ongoing.”

Two people were injured in the stabbing, which happened at around 11.15pm on Wednesday evening (13/02/19) near the Tesco Extra car park in County Way.

The first victim, a local man in his 20s, was discharged from hospital the same day with minor injuries.

The second man, who is also in his 20s, remains in Southmead Hospital but is responding well to treatment. His condition is described as serious but stable.

Anyone with information should call Melksham CID on 101, quoting crime reference 54190015126. If you want to remain anonymous then you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
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