16-year-old due in court over stabbing of university student

A 16-year-old boy has been charged with stabbing a university student.

The lad was among five teenagers – two aged just 15 – who were arrested over the attack on a University of Bristol student at 8.20pm on Sunday evening.

It happened outside a student accommodation block and just yards from Bridewell Police Station in central Bristol.

The 19-year-old male victim is said to be in a serious but stable condition in hospital after suffering a knife wound to the back.

The 16-year-old boy is due to appear at Bristol Magistrates’ Court today (06/03) charged with robbery, grievous bodily harm, possession of a blade and common assault.

Four other teenagers arrested have been released under investigation, according to Avon and Somerset Police.

It said in a statement: “Five people have been arrested in connection with a robbery that took place in Nelson St in Bristol on Sunday.

“The victim, a 19-year-old man, suffered a serious stab wound during the robbery.

“Three boys, two aged 15 and the other aged 16 and two men, aged 18 and 19, have been arrested.

The University of Bristol has urged pupils to be vigilant.

A spokesperson said: “The University is urging students to be vigilant after a student was assaulted in Nelson Street in the city centre on Sunday evening.

“Thankfully incidents of this nature are very rare, but this has understandably caused worry and concern among students who live in the city centre.

“Information from the police on keeping yourself safe has been sent to all students living in city centre accommodation.

“Students with any concerns are asked to seek guidance from Security Services or our dedicated police officer. In addition, student support services are available to anyone who needs them.”

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