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Man who stabbed victim at a Cotgrave club jailed

A violent offender who stabbed a man in the chest after a fight broke out has been put behind bars.

Tobias Clarke pulled out a blade during the altercation between a group of men and women at a club in Woodview, Cotgrave, at around 11 pm on 26 March 2022.

The 35-year-old later returned to the scene with another knife and lunged at a number of men with the weapon.

Clarke, of Edmund Close, Greenhill, Sheffield, was jailed for 16 months at Nottingham Crown Court after being convicted of two counts of possession of a knife in a public place and one of affray.

The argument, which was initially a verbal altercation between two women, spiralled into violence between two groups of people on a night out.

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Punches were thrown at Clarke before he was caught on CCTV with a large knife in his hand.

Moments later, the victim turned away and could be seen with a patch of blood on his chest.

Clarke was then punched to the floor by friends of the victim and left the club. The knife was later handed in and recovered by police.

Clarke left the scene before returning with another knife and his dog.

A stand-off took place before one of the opposing groups pushed Clarke and he pulled out the blade.

Police arrived at the scene and arrested Clarke before recovering the second knife.

After sentencing on 24 January, Detective Constable Nathan Wall, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “This violent incident could easily have had even more serious consequences.

“It happened in a busy location where other people were simply trying to enjoy a night out. I’d like to commend the venue for its excellent CCTV system which was essential in our investigation to bring Clarke to justice.

“As a force, we treat all reports of knife crime extremely seriously and will always investigate reports thoroughly.

“This case highlights the terrible consequences of carrying a knife.

“Every incident has the potential to be serious and shows why we continue to work relentlessly to take knives off the street and educate people about the dangers of carrying them.”

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