Two teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a ‘racially aggravated’ hit-and-run attack on an NHS worker in Bristol.
A health worker, 21, sustained serious injuries, including a broken nose and cheekbone, after being ‘deliberately’ struck by a car on Monks Park Avenue, Horfield at 4.30pm on Wednesday, 22 July.
The incident is being treated as a racially-aggravated attack due to the racist language used by the occupants of the car, Avon and Somerset Police said.
Two men, both aged 18, were arrested this morning on suspicion of attempted murder. They remain in police custody.
The car used in the incident has been seized and officers are awaiting the results of a full forensic examination.
Superintendent Andy Bennett said: ‘We appreciate this incident has caused a significant amount of concern but we’d like to stress there is no intelligence or information to indicate there’s a further risk to the public.
‘If anyone does have any concerns or worries then I would urge them to speak to officers within their local neighbourhood policing team who will be happy to answer any questions they can.
‘I know the senior detective overseeing the investigation has spoken personally with the victim to provide as much reassurance as she can and a dedicated contact officer continues to update him about the progress of the investigation.
‘We also continue to work with community leaders, the local authority and SARI to provide further reassurance to the wider community.’
He added: ‘I’d like to thank the many members of the public who have shown their support either by providing us with information or making gestures of solidarity with the victim.
‘Bristol is a wonderful city full of diverse communities and I continue to be heartened by its reactions to incidents such as this.’
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