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Murder investigation after boy dies of stab wounds

Gloucester: Multiple police cordons as teenager stabbed

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The victim was attacked at around 6pm last night in central Gloucester and was rushed to hospital. Residents remain horrified today as police confirmed they had launched a murder investigation.

One resident said: “Feeling really bad that the knife amnesty happened and people can hand over weapons and this sort of thing is still happening.

“It bothers me this is happening down the road. I walk there every day and it is a worry.”

And a parent, who lives in the area, told Gloucestershire Live: “I just want to know what the police are going to do about youth crime and especially stabbings. Are they going to be more visually present?

“It’s really not a safe place for anyone let alone our children at night.”

Roads in the area remain closed as police investigate the attack.

A spokesman for Gloucestershire Constabulary confirmed a 16-year-old has died and a murder investigation is underway.

The force previously said: “Police were called to reports of a serious assault on Stratton Road, Gloucester, shortly after 6pm this evening.

“One person had been stabbed. The victim is believed to be a teenage male and inquiries are ongoing to establish his identity.

“Roads in the area remain closed and investigating officers are now examining CCTV footage and conducting house-to-house inquiries.”

In a statement, Cllr Sajid Patel of the city’s Barton & Tredworth ward said: “Just like the community, myself and my colleague Cllr Litu are shocked and saddened by the tragic news. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim, his family and friends at this time.

“We request anyone who may have witnessed the incident, have any CCTV/doorbell ring recordings of the incident or any other valuable information to please call the police asap on 101.

“We hope the police are able to apprehend those individuals responsible for this cowardly and senseless crime and get them off our streets as a matter of urgency.”

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