Bristol children deaths ‘great shock’ to community, say police


Three young children found dead at a house in Bristol included a nine-month old baby.

The children have been named by police as Fares Bash, seven, Joury Bash, three and baby Mohammed Bash.

Avon and Somerset Police officers found them after responding to a welfare call in Sea Mills at 00:40 GMT on Sunday.



A 42-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder after what Ch Insp Vicks Hayward-Melen said was a “deeply disturbing tragedy”.

The causes of death of the trio, found at a property in Blaise Walk, have not yet been established.



Police said Fares (L), his sister Joury and their nine-month-old brother Mohammed could not be saved.


Forensic post-mortem examinations are set to take place later this week, Avon and Somerset Police said.

The woman is currently held in police custody at hospital in a non-life threatening condition.



Formal identification of the victims is yet to take place, but their next of kin have been informed and are being supported by specialist family liaison officers, police said.



In a statement read out by Ch Insp Hayward-Melen earlier, the force appealed for information from the public in what was expected to be a “highly sensitive, complex and thorough investigation”.



“The death of such young children is a great shock to the whole community and this incident has had a profound and deep impact on all of us in the police,” she said.

“We’ll be making sure all those involved in the response and the subsequent investigation are given any welfare support they may need.”


Police cordons are in place close to the house in Sea Mills

St Edyth’s Church in Sea Mills has opened its doors to those affected by the tragedy, welcoming people from 08:30 GMT onwards.



Bristol community

“At a time of great sadness and disbelief, we’ve seen spontaneous acts of care and support,” said Ch Insp Hayward-Melen.




“This is what being in a community is all about and we’d like to thank all those who continue to offer this important and selfless service.”




The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) has been notified due to “prior police contact” earlier this month. The force said a mandatory formal referral will be made later.



In her statement, Ch Insp Hayward-Melen stressed that the deaths are believed to be an isolated incident, with no “ongoing risk to the wider community”.

She added that uniformed officers from the Neighbourhood Policing team will be in the area in the coming days, to provide reassurance and support to the local community.





Salawa Bashar said the family are “part of our community”

Salawa Bashar said she has known the family for more than six years.

She said: “They’re very lovely people and they’re always smiling.

“I didn’t want to believe it, I didn’t want it to be true. I’m still in shock and I’m very sad.”



She added that the last time she saw the family was in November and that the boy had been “very bubbly, intelligent, asking questions that an adult would ask”.

“I can’t believe he is gone,” she said.



“The whole Sudanese community in Bristol and around the UK is shocked as well. This is something I have never heard of – it’s unbelievable.

“We want answers. We want to know what happened to these children and we want to know how it happened.”


Ahmed Abdelaal said the community has been left shocked by what has happened

Ahmed Abdelaal and Sadiq Issak have known the family for almost 10 years and said they are “shocked” by the tragic loss of three young lives.

“Since last night, we couldn’t sleep,” Mr Abdelaal said.



“They’re a very lovely family. Everybody is shocked, and still now, we cannot believe this has happened.




“How did this happen, and why did this happen?”



Mr Isaak added: “Everybody just keeps following each other in the community.

“We feel like the sky has fallen upon us and it’s very sad. That’s all I can say.”

(BBC NEWS , Bristol)


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