Bristol police seek man in Horfield murder inquiry

Barach Bandavad
Image caption Officers have warned the public not to approach Barach Bandavad

Detectives investigating the death of a woman in Bristol have named a man they want to speak to.

Officers are searching for Barach Bandavad, 35, in connection with the murder inquiry, and warned the public not to approach him.

The woman in her 50s died after being assaulted in the city, police said.

Officers were called to the incident in Highbury Road, Horfield, at about midday.

Mr Bandavad is described as black with a "chubby face" and roughly shaven. He was last seen wearing dark jogging bottoms and a blue or grey woollen hat.

Det Ch Insp Simon Crisp, leading the murder investigation, said: "This was a tragic and isolated incident in which a woman has needlessly lost her life.

Image caption Police were called to Highbury Road in Horfield on Saturday

"A team of officers are currently working to locate Barach Bandavad and I would appeal to anyone who may know where he is to come forward and speak to us. Your information will be treated in confidence.

"I would also like to advise the public not to approach him and call police on 999 immediately should you see him.

The scene was cordoned off for forensic examinations and Det Ch Insp Crisp said the cordon would remain in place on Sunday.

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank residents in the area their co-operation and patience," he added.

Anyone who may have information or who may have witnessed the incident is asked to contact officers at Avon and Somerset police.

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