Pinehurst stabbing and disorder: five in custody

By Barrie Hudson - 11 September 2020

Crime

Five people are in custody after disorder in Pinehurst left a boy with a stab wound.

One was arrested on suspicion of GBH with intent

Swindon Police were called to The Circle at about 6.30pm yesterday - Thursday, September 10 - after a report about a large number of people.
A force spokesperson said a 16-year-old boy suffered a stab wound and was taken to Southmead Hospital in Bristol. 
His injuries were not life threatening and he was released from hospital a short time later. 
Extensive enquiries were carried out at the scene and those arrested are:
- A 16-year-old boy from Swindon on suspicion of grievous bodily harm with intent
- A 16-year-old boy from Swindon on suspicion of criminal damage
- A 22-year-old man from Swindon on suspicion of affray
- A 22-year-old man from Swindon on suspicion of affray
- A 15-year-old boy from Swindon on suspicion of affray

All remain in custody at Gablecross for further questioning. 
Det Insp Matt Smith said: “This was a violent incident involving a large group of people in The Circle area during daylight hours. 
"We know there were a number of witnesses, as well as people who would have been driving past the area who may have caught the incident, or footage of those involved, on a dash cam. 
"I’d appeal to anyone who may have been in The Circle, Linden Avenue or Beech Avenue areas between 5.30pm and 7pm last night to please get in touch as you may have crucial information to help with our enquiries. 
“We currently have five people in custody, which is reassuring. However, our enquiries continue today. Violence of this nature is completely unacceptable and no doubt causes a sense of fear amongst those law abiding residents within the community. 
"It is important to point out once again that incidents such as this are caused by a small minority of individuals who are intent on causing disproportionate harm. 
“We remain fully committed to tackling these individuals as well as working closely with partner agencies so they can be dealt with robustly and proactively.
“Over the course of the weekend, residents can expect to see a maintained, heightened police presence in the area as we continue with our enquiries and provide reassurance within the local community.”
Anyone with information is asked to call 101 and quote crime reference number 54200091200.

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