Officers from Avon and Somerset Police rushed to Redcatch Road in Knowle, one-and-a-half miles outside the city centre, shortly after 3pm following reports that a group of people had been assaulted. A police spokesperson has confirmed the victims were stabbed by a man on roller skates and said the condition of the victims is not life-threatening. The force said a man was arrested and remains in custody.
Subway worker Bhara Ni told BristolLive that a man covered in blood ran into Broadwalk Shopping Centre at around 2.30pm.
Mr Ni described the injured man as being of Asian descent and a regular customer at the restaurant.
“He said he had been stabbed outside the shopping centre by another man,” he said.
“We stopped serving and ran to help him. The ambulances came and we heard other people had been stabbed. It was awful to see.”
A spokesperson for Avon and Somerset Police told Express.co.uk: “We can confirm it was a stabbing. The three people have injuries which we do not believe to be life-threatening.”
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One woman said she saw police tasering a man outside her home.
She tweeted: “Some guy on roller skates was just chased by 2 police cars down my road and tasered outside my house and it’s probably serious but I honestly think I’ve just witnessed a comedy scene from hot fuzz.”
She said she witnessed a man being arrested around 30 yards from her flat.
Another witness described watching a man on roller skates chasing another man who fled inside an off-licence seeking shelter.
And another onlooker was dubbed a hero after he chased the attacker.
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Roads around the scene of the attacks were cordoned off while police examined the area.
Officers have ruled out terrorism as a motive.
In a statement, Avon and Somerset Police said: “At 3.10pm today we began receiving reports a number of people had been assaulted in the south Bristol area.
“Officers attended and subsequently arrested a man in his 30s on Redcatch Road. He remains in custody.
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“Three people have been taken to hospital with injuries which aren’t believed to be life threatening.
“A full investigation is already underway.
“While we’re keeping an open mind about the motive, we can confirm we’re not treating the incident as terrorism.
“Road closures are in place as emergency services carry out enquiries and motorists are advised to avoid the area.”
Wells Road was among the streets closed off to cars and pedestrians.
First West of England bus company said a number of services were being diverted due to route closures.
A spokesman for South Western Ambulance Service said: “We were called at 3.13pm about an incident on Wells Road, Knowle.
“We treated an injured male patient and transported him to hospital by land ambulance for further care.
“We were called at 3.20pm about a second incident in the Wells Road area of Knowle.
“We sent land ambulance crews, specialist paramedics, and other paramedics to attend the incident.
“We treated three patients at the scene for minor injuries, and transported them to hospital for further care.”
Speaking near the scene of the stabbings on Tuesday evening, chief inspector Nigel Colston told reporters that patrols would be stepped up to help ensure neighbours feel safe.
He said: “We understand the concerns of the public and we will be having officers out conducting extra patrols over the next few days to give out visibility and that reassurance.
“We’re obviously going to be here for some time yet conducting our enquiries at the scene.”
He added: “We do remind people that, generally speaking, this is a safe place.”