City rocked by week­end of vi­o­lence


Nottingham Post - - FRONT PAGE - By DAN RUSSELL

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.





Po­lice in Heather­ing­ton Gar­dens yes­ter­day

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