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Two arrested over ‘racially aggravated hit and run’ in Bristol

Two 18-year-old men have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in relation to a racially aggravated hit-and-run attack on an NHS worker, police have said.

The 21-year-old musician, who wishes to be known as K or his stage name Kdogg, suffered serious injuries including a broken leg, nose and cheekbone in the incident.

He was deliberately struck by a car as he walked in Monks Park Avenue in Horfield, Bristol, after finishing his shift at nearby Southmead hospital on 22 July at 4.30pm. Avon and Somerset police said they were treating the incident as a racially aggravated attack due to racist language used by the two occupants of the car, who fled the scene.

The two 18-year-old suspects were arrested on Saturday morning and are currently in police custody, the force confirmed.

The vehicle involved in the incident has been seized and police are awaiting the results of a forensic examination that was carried out on it, a force spokesman said.

Supt Andy Bennett, of Avon and Somerset police, 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.”

Officers are continuing to take witness statements, complete house-to-house inquiries and review all available CCTV.

Supt Bennett 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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