A family has paid tribute to their ‘beautiful’ teenage son who was stabbed to death – after police arrested a third person as part of their ongoing murder investigation.
Charley Bates, 16, was found stabbed in a car park in Radstock on Sunday 31 July at around 6.40pm following a disorder involving a number of people.
Somerset Live reports officers and paramedics were called to the scene after Charley was critically injured but he was later pronounced dead despite emergency treatment at the scene.
Three people have been arrested as part of the ongoing murder investigation into the 16-year-old boy’s death.
A woman, 20, and a man were arrested on suspicion of murder, while another man was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder. All three remain in police custody at the time of writing.
And Charley’s heartbroken paid tribute to their son: “Our beautiful Charley boy. We are all so very proud of you. You are desperately missed by so many.”
Neighbourhood Chief Inspector Ronnie Lungu said: “This terrible incident has been a huge shock for the community.
“You’ll see more uniformed patrols in the town in the coming days, both to support the investigation and for reassurance.
“We’re standing with our community to support this devastated family and everyone affected by this tragedy.
“If you have any worries following this tragic loss of life, do please speak with those officers on patrol.”
The devastated family are being supported by specially-trained family liaison officers as police continue their investigation.
DCI Mark Almond, of the Major Crime Investigation Team, said: “The family are being supported by a specially-trained family liaison officer.
“They’re grateful for the support of the community but ask to be given privacy to mourn their loss.
“I understand the strength of feeling in the community over this tragedy. We’re working at pace to find those responsible.
“This is a strong community and we know people will come together to support our investigation for the sake of the family.
“I’d urge anyone who knows anything about what happened to speak to us.”