Pryzm nightclub where the most recent knife crime took place on 6 May. Photo: Stephanie Silva.

Nottinghamshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping admitted knife crime has “peaked” after the city was hit with five incidents involving a bladed weapon in the space of four days.

The most recent being outside of Pryzm nightclub in the early hours of Monday 6 May.

The nightclub had been open for Bank Holiday Sunday when six men between the ages of 18 and 24 were were taken to hospital with knife wounds following an altercation.

One 19-year-old man is in critical condition.

The other five men have been discharged from hospital.

Four of them have been released on police bail but police still have an 18-year-old male for questioning.

The junction by Pryzm nightclub was cordoned off during investigations following an incident where four men were stabbed. Photo: Stephanie Silva.

The violent weekend began on Friday 3 May at a tram stop in Hyson Green when a 43-year-old man was taken to hospital with leg and chest wounds.

He was later arrested on suspicion of affray and two other men, aged 27 and 35 were arrested on suspicion of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

Another stabbing happened the following day (May 4) at The Pheonix Pub in Gedling.

Two men were taken to hospital with leg wounds and a woman was treated for head injuries.

Blue Bells Inn, Upper Parliament Street where a man was thought to have been stabbed on May 5. Photo: Stephanie Silva.

On Sunday 5 May, a man suffered chest injuries after a suspected stabbing inside the Blue Bell Inn on Upper Parliament Street while another man, aged 24, was tasered and arrested by police after threatening people with a knife in the Lace Market.

The five incidents follow a double stabbing on Lower Parliament Street on April 28 – just as latest figures have shown that knife crime is at an all time high in Nottinghamshire.

Official crime data released on April 25, showed there were nearly 900 knife crimes in the Nottinghamshire Police area in 2018.

These numbers were a record high for the area, up from just over 800 the year before.

New figures have also revealed that there was nearly one knife-point robbery everyday across Nottinghamshire last year.

 

Mr Tipping said while knife crime has “peaked”, he wanted to reassure the public that more officers were on the streets and said in most instances, “arrests have been made”.

He said: “There have been increased patrols over recent weeks. People have been arrested and the courts take a very strong view on knife crime, they can expect a strong deterrent.”

Police are still appealing for any witnesses to Monday’s incident to come forward, as well as any drivers that may have dash-cam footage.

 

Police presence in the Lace Market following an incident on May 5. Photo: Stephanie Silva.

Mr Tipping added: “The police has mapped out the hot spots and we will be focusing on those areas going forward.

“The message is clear; carrying a knife puts you and others at risk. Think carefully.”