Three people have been arrested after a man was ‘stabbed to death’ in Bath city centre.
Emergency services were called to SouthGate shopping centre at around 3.30am this morning (Saturday) following reports of a seriously wounded male.
Despite the best efforts of security guards, police and medics, he was pronounced dead at the scene outside McDonald’s. His family have been informed.
An eyewitness told Wiltshire 999s that they saw a male stab another male with a knife outside the fast food restaurant before security staff started CPR on the victim – thought to be 18 years old.
They also claimed that a security guard restrained one of the suspects involved, adding that they deserve “credit” for their work during the incident.
Police have since locked down a large section of the city centre, including St James Parade and Southgate Street as forensic work is carried out.
Search teams have been called in to comb the area for evidence as specially trained police divers hunt for any discarded items in the nearby River Avon.
In a vague statement, Avon and Somerset Police confirmed that three people are in custody and being held on suspicion of murder – but did not confirm their genders or ages. The victim’s age is also unknown.
Chief Inspector Ronnie Lungu said: “First and foremost our thoughts go out to the family of the man who has died at this difficult and incredibly upsetting time.
“A murder investigation is underway and we’d please ask for the benefit of our enquiries, but more importantly the welfare of the man’s family, that people avoid speculating on the possible circumstances while that is ongoing.
“Three people were arrested this morning on suspicion of murder and are in custody.”
Ch Insp Lungu added: “While such tragic incidents are rare in Bath, people can expect to see an increased police presence in the area over the coming days while investigative enquiries are carried out and officer patrols conducted. We would encourage anyone who does have concerns to speak with those officers who will be happy to assist.
“A scene remains in place at this time. We appreciate that will cause some disruption to the public and businesses today, but would please ask for understanding while officers carry out important work to establish what has happened.”
Anyone who witnessed the incident, has footage of the surrounding area or has information that may assist the investigation is asked to call 101 and quote reference number 5223105088.
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