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Stabbing attacks leave 10 injured

Ten people, including two police community support officers, have been stabbed in a series of attacks in Bristol, the ambulance service said.

A 54-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

The injured, who were all male, have been taken to the Bristol Royal Infirmary. It is believed they suffered minor injuries.

The man was arrested on a cycle path near Russell Town Avenue. Police said a penknife had been recovered.

Three ambulance crews attended the scene after being called out at about 1645 BST, and the area was sealed off by police to allow for forensic examination.

Argument in street

A number of different crime scenes were involved, police said.

It is understood an argument started at an address, which spilled out on to the street.

Two police community support officers (PCSOs) out on patrol tried to control the situation, but were themselves injured.

An Avon and Somerset Police spokeswoman said: "The first incident was at an address and it carried on outside.

"They [the PCSOs] were on patrol in the area when it happened. They called for back-up but were injured when they tried to stop the offender."

Jonathan Lofthouse of the Great Western Ambulance Service said in a statement: "We sent an ambulance officer, along with a double-crewed ambulance.

"Once on scene we worked closely with Avon and Somerset Police and, as soon as further details were established, our control room dispatched a further two double-crewed ambulances to the scene, as well as another ambulance officer.

"We were then able to treat the patients as quickly and safely as possible."

Officers are in the area carrying out house-to-house inquiries.



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