The Lenton stabbing on Albert Grove

Nottingham students say they no longer feel safe in the city following the stabbing of a 19-year-old student in Lenton.

The incident occurred around 6am on Wednesday 1 November, on Albert Grove. The victim is still in a serious condition in the Queen’s Medical Centre.

Students in the area said they feel alarmed after the incident.

“Nottingham isn’t safe”
Sophie Thorp, 20, student

Sophie Thorp, 20, a medical student from University of Nottingham, said: “I’m just going to get a taxi everywhere even if it’s slightly dark, Nottingham isn’t safe.” Sophie lives in Lenton, only minutes away from where the stabbing occurred.

Max Freer-Alexander, a 19-year-old business management student from Nottingham Trent University, said: “I would never walk alone at night in Nottingham, especially not now.”

And Rebecca Norman, a 19-year-old psychology student, also from Nottingham Trent University, added that she was worried as well. She said: “I thought I was safe in Nottingham but obviously not”.

The Nottingham Night Owls is a student led programme whose volunteers get thorough training and who are there for both students from Nottingham Trent University and University of Nottingham.

Nottingham Trent University has a relationship with a local taxi company to make sure students are able to get home from there night out to their halls with a fixed rate. There is also an emergency taxi scheme in case a student doesn’t have money.

Kieran Goncalves, the Vice President Community of Nottingham Trent University said: “This way, students will not be walking home on their own from nights out but will be using a secure taxi provider.”

Nottinghamshire Police have arrested three men aged 26, 22 and 21 on suspicion of attempted murder. Police have been granted an extension to continue questioning the 22-year-old.

A further two teens, aged 15 and 16 were also arrested on suspicion of attempted murder but have now been released on bail.

A 23-year-old man has also been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender and he has been released under investigation.

The police urged anyone with information to call 101, quoting incident number 112 of 1 November 2017. You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Nottingham University has a nightline in place, called the Nottingham Night Owls, who aim to help their students always feel safe when out and about at night.

The Nottingham Night Owls have their helplines opened between 12am – 4am on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and can be contacted on 0115 784 1580.

Esther Roberts