Police use snapchat as part of murder investigation

9 November 2018, 14:21 | Updated: 9 November 2018, 14:25

Bristol stab victim

Police have created a Snapchat story in the hope of identifying people involved in the death of 21-year-old Ronald Leigh and the serious assault of another man in Bristol.

The victim of the linked assault has been named for the first time in the mobile messaging app appeal, which also highlights a £1,000 reward on offer from Crimestoppers to anyone who provides information leading to a positive result. 

Oneil Yearde, 46, of Bristol, was assaulted by multiple people at a bus stop on Downend Road at around 8.40pm on October 9th. 

This happened less than two hours after Mr Leigh was stabbed on Gill Avenue shortly before 7pm. Mr Leigh died of his injuries three days later while Mr Yearde remains in hospital with life changing injuries. 

It's believed the incidents are linked. 

Specially trained family liaison officers continue to support Mr Leigh's family while we're keeping all those affected by events of 9 October updated with the progress of the investigation. 

Six people have been arrested in connection with the assault on Mr Yearde. No charges have yet been brought. 

Senior Investigating Officer Detective Inspector Mike Buck said: ''It's now a month since Ronald Leigh was fatally stabbed and Oneil Yearde was assaulted by multiple people. 

''We have come a long way in our investigation since the night of 9 October but there are still questions we need answering. 

''We believe there are people who have information which could help us provide answers to both families and obtain justice for them but for whatever reason, have not come forward with it. 

''We've issued several appeals through traditional media as well as on Facebook and Twitter but we're now using Snapchat as we felt we needed to reach another audience. 

''If you have any information about either incident, in particular who was involved, please get in touch with us or provide it to Crimestoppers. ''You don't have to provide your name and you could earn yourself a reward of £1,000 if the information you provide leads to someone being charged.'' 

If you're happy to give your details you can contact the MCIT via the UK police major incident public reporting site - www.mipp.police.uk. 

If you don't have access to the internet you can still call the non-emergency number 101, providing the call handler with the reference 5218226466. 

Alternatively you pass on information through the independent charity Crimestoppers 100 per cent anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via their anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court or have to speak to police when contacting Crimestoppers.