Community in shock as police launch murder probe after two teenage boys stabbed to death in Bristol

Monday 29 January 2024

A community in Bristol is in shock after two teenage boys died after a stabbing attack by a group of people who fled the scene in a car.

The two boys aged 15 and 16 were attacked in Ilminster Avenue, in Knowle West, at about 11.20pm on Saturday, Avon and Somerset Police said.

A 44-year-old man and a 15-year-old boy have been arrested and are in custody, and a murder investigation has been launched.

The force said there were further suspects being sought from the attack and it is not yet known whether the attackers and victims were known to each other.

A vehicle has also been seized.

Police arrived at the scene within minutes and provided first aid.

The victims sustained stab wounds and were taken to two hospitals – Southmead Hospital and Bristol Royal Hospital for Children – by ambulance, where they died in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The victims have been named locally as Mason Rist, 15, and Max Dixon, 16. Post-mortem examinations will be carried out in due course.

Reporting from Ilminster Avenue, TalkTV's Nick Ellerby spoke to resident Julia Riley who knows Mason and was with him just after the attack.

She said: "He was so pale. He had his hood up I couldn’t tell is was Mason even though I know the kid well. Devastated, absolutely devastated."

Bristol Commander Supt Mark Runacres speaks to the media at the scene

People take part in a vigil near to the scene on Ilminster Avenue, in Knowle West, south Bristol

The community in Knowle West are said to be in shock after the deaths

An aerial view of Ilminster Avenue, Knowle West

A vigil was held near the scene of the attack on Sunday, where people lit candles and placed flowers for the victims.

Bristol Commander Supt Mark Runacres said: “This is an incredibly shocking and tragic incident where two young boys, who had their whole lives ahead of them, have sadly died.

“Our collective thoughts are with their families at what is undoubtedly a very difficult time. Specialist family liaison officers will now be assigned to the families to provide them with support and keep them updated on the investigation."

Anyone with information about the incident or with any relevant footage, has been asked to contact 101 and quote reference 5224023382.