Teenagers arrested after double stabbing leaves ‘puddle of blood’
A WOMAN described seeing a “puddle of blood” at the scene of a double stabbing which injured two children in the Lace Market over the weekend.
The boys, aged 15 and 16, were found with “serious injuries thought to be sustained by a knife”, police said.
Officers were called at around 6.40pm and both boys were taken to hospital.
They were later arrested in connection with the incident.
A third teenager, aged 15, has also been arrested.
Owner Dina Keen, 47, was working at the Town House Beauty Clinic, above the former Lace Market Arms pub in High Pavement, at around 6pm when she heard “strange noises”. She said: “I was laughing with my clients, saying that it can be very entertaining on a Friday evening, I didn’t expect it to be anything serious.
“At 6.50, I was coming out of the clinic after I had finished for the day with my friend who had come to visit me and in the doorway of the pub below us I saw a puddle of blood. There was a lot of it and there was a jacket and some clothes in it.”
She added: “It made me realise how fragile life is.”
A police cordon remained around Halifax Place throughout Saturday afternoon and High Pavement outside the National Justice Museum remained closed while investigations continued.
Mica Dunbar, 23, owner of the Behind The Red Door gift shop, in Weekday Cross, said: “I was really shocked to hear about it. It will definitely make me more wary when I’m leaving work at night, especially because it’s dark at the moment and it’s mainly women in this building.
“You think this area is a nicer part of town but I guess things like this can happen anywhere.”
Police said those responsible for the stabbings were known to the victims and that it was unlikely to have been a “random” attack.
Chief Inspector Donna Lawton said: “It was in the city centre just after 6.30, so it would have been
incredibly busy and there would have been lots of people about.
“It’s a really scary and frightening incident to witness something like that.”
Ben Tanner, 32, night manager at the Lace Market Hotel, in High Pavement, described the area as “pandemonium”. He said: “These sort of incidents have really been revving up over Christmas and there’s been more and more trouble over the last few weeks.
“Because our custom is pre-booked it hasn’t really been affecting business but it certainly doesn’t give off a good impression of Nottingham when some customers are coming from as far away as Australia.”
A Nottinghamshire Police spokesman urged anyone with information about the incident to call them on 101.
Police in High Pavement on Saturday