Teenagers ar­rested af­ter dou­ble stab­bing leaves ‘pud­dle of blood’

Nottingham Post - - CITY’S WEEKEND OF VIOLENCE -

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

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