Fourth man arrested on suspicion of attempted murder of NHS worker

A fourth man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder following a racially-aggravated incident in which an NHS worker suffered serious injuries.

The 21-year-old musician, who wishes only to be referred to as K or his stage name Kdogg, was walking to a bus stop after finishing work at nearby Southmead Hospital in Bristol at about 4.30pm on July 22.

He was struck by a car and suffered serious injuries including a broken leg, nose and cheekbone.

Over the weekend, police arrested two 18-year-old men and a 22-year-old man on suspicion of attempted murder in connection with the incident.

Avon and Somerset Police said a fourth man, aged 23, had been detained on Monday on suspicion of attempted murder.

All four have been released under investigation.

A force spokesman said: “All four were arrested in connection with an incident involving a 21-year-old man on Monks Park Avenue, Horfield on 22 July.

“The incident is being treated as a racially-aggravated attack due to the racist language used by the occupants of the car.”

Protesters marched down Monks Park Avenue in Bristol
Protesters marched down Monks Park Avenue in Bristol (Claire Hayhurst/PA)

K, a keen footballer, has been left unable to walk without crutches, only able to sleep sitting up in a chair and requiring regular hospital treatment for his injuries.

His family are being supported by the charity Stand Against Racism & Inequality (Sari).

On Sunday afternoon, protesters marched on Monks Park Avenue holding placards in support of K and the Black Lives Matter movement.

They later laid the placards at the spot where K was injured, where damage could be seen to a wall that was hit by the car.

A fundraising page set up by K’s friend Simeon Mccarthy has received more than £55,000 in donations, and has been supported by the band Massive Attack.

The fundraising page can be found at https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-raise-money-for-nhs-member-of-staff.

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