City rocked by weekend of violence
TWO SHOOTINGS... DOUBLE STABBING... ATTEMPTED MURDER...
NOTTINGHAM has been rocked by the worst two days of violence in recent years.
Police dealt with two shootings, two stabbings and an attempted murder in less than 48 hours.
The violence started with a “nasty” attempted murder of a woman in a Beeston park on Friday and finished with a shooting in Top Valley in the early hours of yesterday. In between, part of the city centre was cordoned off after two teenagers suffered knife wounds.
Assistant Chief Constable Steve Cooper, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “I understand people may be concerned, however I would seek to offer reassurance that we are continuing to invest in frontline policing, to ensure more resources are serving our communities, but also to reiterate that most law-abiding people will not come into contact with offences like we have seen this weekend.
He added: “There are people living in our communities, who are not at all involved in criminality, but know who these offenders are who carry weapons, or are holding weapons on behalf of others, or who may receive information from victims who won’t engage with officers.
“I would urge you to come forward and tell us, or speak to Crimestoppers anonymously, because it is this sort of information that can prevent incidents like we have seen this weekend, and can help us keep people safe.”
Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Padding Tipping, said: “We have recruited more police officers and we are looking to recruit even more. We are looking to recruit an extra 50 officers. We have a budget meeting coming up in February and the money should be available on April 1.
RESIDENTS described hearing sounds like fireworks in the early hours of Sunday, as police confirmed that a shooting in Top Valley left a 24-year-old woman injured.
Police were called to an house in Heatherington Gardens just after 2am following reports of a shot being fired.
Uniformed officers, detectives and search teams were at the scene throughout yesterday and a cordon was put in place, affecting about 20 homes.
A woman who wished to remain anonymous said: “I heard a gunshot at about 1.58am and thought it was a firework, then heard another one again about 2am. It’s scary to think I can’t leave my own home without people hurting me.
“I hope it just stops or calms down. I’ve got two kids and can’t even go to the shop without having the fear of something happening.”
For some residents, the attack brought back memories of the Mark Shaw killing on the same street just nine years ago. Mr Shaw was blasted in the head with a sawn-off shotgun by his best friend’s uncle, Gerald Breslin, who was later sentenced to a minimum of 32 years in prison.
Michael Cumberland, 79, who has lived on the street for about 40 years, said: “I didn’t hear anything on Sunday morning because ever since the Mark Shaw murder, I’ve kept my windows and doors tightly shut.
“It’s a shame because this used to be a nice area when the houses were first put up and we used to have street parties and everything. But all of that has gone now.
“Nobody wants to be neighbours any more and the area is just going downhill.”
Dave Moth, 45, who has lived in the area all his life, said: “It’s been a long time since the Mark Shaw murder and it’s almost a different generation now but we’re still getting pockets of crime all over Nottinghamshire.”
He added: “If you dehumanise kids to shooting and stabbing through computer games, then you are going to get this kind of social backlash.”
Nottinghamshire Police said: “Fortunately no-one was seriously injured, but this could easily have had tragic consequences.
“Everyone has a right to feel safe in their homes.”
A spokesman urged anyone with any information about the attack is to call 101.
TOP VALLEY: WOMAN SHOT
LACE MARKET: BOYS KNIFED
BEESTON: ATTACK IN PARK
ST ANN’S: GUN FIRED
Police in Heatherington Gardens yesterday