The city of Nottingham has been stunned by a recent rise of violence on the streets.
Residents have woken up this morning to police cordons in the city centre, on North Sherwood Street after a police officer was stabbed, while carrying out a stop and search.
It’s the third incident in as many days, including the stabbing to death of a father of two.
In the latest knife-related incident officers stopped two men on suspicion of smoking cannabis but one suspect resisted arrest and stabbed an officer.
The man was detained and the knife recovered.
The officer is in a stable condition.
“anytime a knife is used it has the potential to cause serious harm”
Simon Allen, Inspector, Nottinghamshire Police
Inspector Simon Allen of Nottinghamshire police said;
“Assaults on police officers carrying out their duty to keep the people of Nottinghamshire safe are treated with the utmost seriousness
“thankfully the officer injured in the incident was not seriously hurt but anytime a knife is used it has the potential to cause serious harm”.
Residents are rightly concerned about the recent events that have gone on.
“its quite worrying for our safety that things like that are going on”
Samantha Hurst, North Sherwood Street resident.
Samantha Hurst, who lives on North Sherwood street described being “woken up by six to eight police cars coming down the road” followed by “two ambulances”.
Samantha Hurst, North Sherwood Street resident
When asked about how safe she now felt in Nottingham Miss Hurst stated;
“Its kind of worrying.
The road has a lot of students living up it, so it’s worrying for our safety that things like that are going on”.
On Monday another man was taken to hospital after reports of a separate attack.
The incident took place in The Meadows after police were called about a ‘disturbance’. The victim suffered minor injuries, while the police arrested three men on suspicion of affray.
Chief Inspector Paul Hennessey of Nottinghamshire police said;
“officers were quickly on the scene and arrested three men.
“Our enquiries are continuing”
Prior to this in the early hours of Sunday, a father of two was stabbed by a group of men in Broad Street. Ricardo Cotteral, 33, collapsed on Lower Parliament Street and died at the scene.
The father of two was described as “always having a smile on his face” by his sister.
Nottinghamshire police have confirmed there will be more patrols and officers around Nottingham as a result of the recent events.
In Nottingham in 2021 there were 113 recorded crimes per 1,000 people.
Crime in Nottinghamshire has increased over the last few years with violent and sexual crimes having the highest rates of offending.