Police made arrests in three separate incidents involving knives this weekend as more dangerous weapons were taken off the streets.
The first incident happened in St Christopher Street in Sneinton at 1.40pm yesterday (Saturday 28 August).
A member of the public called police to report a group of five youths were looking for someone and that one of them was holding a knife.
Officers were quickly on the scene and located a group matching the description given by the 999 caller.
All five youths were caught and searched following a short chase. They included a 14-year-old boy who was found to be carrying a large quantity of cash. He was subsequently arrested on suspicion of money laundering.
The same suspect was further arrested later in the afternoon on suspicion of carrying an offensive weapon after dashcam footage indicated he had been carrying a knife prior to his arrest.
A second unrelated incident happened in Sneinton Road, Sneinton, in the early hours of this morning.
It was alleged a 64-year-old woman threatened a man with a knife after the pair got into an argument shortly after midnight.
Police arrived and found the woman inside a property. A knife was recovered from a nearby bush and the woman was arrested on suspicion of threatening a person with a bladed article.
A few hours later, a third incident involving a knife was dealt with by police.
A doorman at a venue in Lower Parliament Street was checking IDs and searching people as they entered the club.
At 3.50am, he searched a bag belonging to a 20-year-old man and inside he found a large bread knife. The suspect was detained at the scene by nightclub staff and police arrived moments later to arrest on suspicion of possession of a bladed article.
Assistant Chief Constable Rob Griffin, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “These three arrests over the past 24 hours show that we will never stand by and allow people to carry knives and threaten the safety of themselves and others.
“Whenever we receive reports or information about people carrying knives we will act quickly and decisively. Once again our officers have made arrests and removed weapons before they can be used.
“I’d like to thank those who alerted police in each of these incidents so that swift action could be taken to remove these knives from our streets.
“Our message is really quite simple: it is not worth the risk to carry a knife. You will either end up being injured or arrested.
“The consequences of carrying a knife can be devastating which is why Nottinghamshire Police continues to work tirelessly every day to tackle the issue as well as focusing on preventative work with our partners to steer young people away from knife crime in the first place.
“This approach has clearly been working as knife crime in Nottinghamshire has fallen by 15 per cent over the last year.
“With the public’s help we can make our streets safer and I would urge anyone with information about knife crime to contact us. Pass on information and we will act.”
Anyone with information about any of the incidents is asked to call 101.
The incident in St Christopher Street in Sneinton is incident number 389 of 28 August.
The incident in Sneinton Road in Sneinton is incident number 13 of 29 August. And the incident in Lower Parliament Street is incident number 153 of 29 August.