Green Councillors in Bristol have reacted with horror and sorrow at the murder of two teenage boys in Knowle West, who have been named as Mason Rist, 15, and Max Dixon, 16.
Green Councillor and Co-Leader of the Green Party of England and Wales Carla Denyer said, “On behalf of the entire Green Party I would like to extend my deepest condolences to the families and the Knowle West community affected by this tragic loss.
“The outpouring of love and grief has moved me deeply. We urge anyone with information to come forward to help Avon and Somerset police in their investigation, and we thank them for their hard work in bringing closure to the families as soon as possible.”
Responding to the tragic news, Cllr Mohamed Makawi, said, “I and the rest of the Green Party remain steadfast in our efforts to advocate for increased support and funding to tackle knife crime. This heartbreaking news demonstrates that there is still so much to be done.”
This issue is close to Cllr Makawi’s heart, having lost a friend to knife crime in Castle Park last year. Following this, Cllr Makawi brought a motion to Bristol City Council calling for more to be done to tackle the root causes of knife crime. The motion was voted through with overwhelming support from councillors.
He continued, “We would like to expand the presence of bleed kits and training on their usage into various venues and neighbourhoods across the city. We pledge to work closely with both the police and communities, providing the essential platform and tools needed to enhance safety on our streets.”
Ani Stafford-Townsend is the Green Councillor for Central Ward, which contains some areas of concern for knife violence. Responding to the news, they said, “This tragedy demonstrates that there is still much more to be done to protect our young people from the causes and horrific impacts of knife crime including renewed youth provision in areas at risk. ”
“My heart goes out to all those affected by this incident, and to anyone whose life has been impacted by knife crime.”