A 15-year-old boy has been locked up for eight months after being seen running through the city centre with a knife.
The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was spotted on CCTV with the weapon in Trinity Square at 5.50pm on Tuesday 29 August.
Following an investigation, officers identified the boy and later arrested him and recovered a machete from his home during a search warrant. He also damaged the police Bridewell after being arrested.
The boy admitted possession of a bladed article and criminal damage and was sentenced at Nottingham Youth Court yesterday (Wednesday 10 October) to an eight-month detention and training order and was told to pay £200 compensation. A deprivation order was also made for the machete.
Chief Inspector Donna Lawton, knife crime lead for Nottinghamshire Police, said: “There is no reason to carry a knife in Nottinghamshire and anyone who does should expect to spend time in custody. It doesn’t matter if they are an adult or a 15-year-old boy, if we catch anyone with a knife we will put them before the court – no ifs or buts.
“We are really grateful for the support we receive from communities across Nottinghamshire in our efforts to tackle knife crime because all of the information we receive helps us build up intelligence picture and target our resources, including the dedicated Knife Crime Team, to take weapons and violent offenders off our streets.”
If you have information about people who carry weapons, call Nottinghamshire Police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.