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Nottingham man jailed for carrying a knife after Rock City visit

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A man found carrying a knife after being ejected from Nottingham’s Rock City has been jailed for four years.

Darnell Chambers, 22, was escorted out of the Talbot Street club during the early hours of 2 August 2019 due to his abusive behaviour.

Outside the entrance Chambers, Ilkeston, shouted abuse at the door staff before he was seen holding a knife.

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As door staff then moved towards him, Chambers ran off up Talbot Street. He was chased by the staff while the police were called.

The staff members continued to follow Chambers in a taxi and, when he reached Derby Road, he was swiftly arrested by police officers.

When searched at the Bridewell Custody Suite, officers found a quantity of cannabis in his possession and he was further arrested.

Chambers appeared at Nottingham Crown Court for sentencing on Wednesday (26 February 2020) having been convicted of possession of an offensive weapon in a public place and possession of cannabis.

He was handed a 12-months prison sentence for possession of an offensive weapon in a public place and a one-month sentence, to be served concurrently, for possession of cannabis.

Inspector Paul Gummer, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “This would have been a frightening experience for other club-goers leaving Rock City who saw Chambers with the knife.

“We will not tolerate people carrying knives in Nottinghamshire. We treat knife crime extremely seriously and, like the community we serve, we believe there is no place for weapons on our streets.

“Carrying a knife is a serious offence which can ultimately have tragic consequences, which is why Nottinghamshire Police is committed to tackling knife crime.

“There is simply no possible good outcome from carrying a knife in any public place in Nottingham.

“The pleasing aspect of this incident is that no-one was injured and that thanks to the timely actions of door staff and police officers, Chambers was prevented from causing a risk to anyone else, both on the night and now for a considerable period of time.

“Nottinghamshire Police has a dedicated Knife Crime Team committed to tackling the issue, along with a range of other tactics and operations that we use to prevent and reduce knife crime, and we are continuing to working with partners to tackle all aspects of this through education, engagement and enforcement activity.”

Chambers also received a three-month sentence, to be served consecutively, after being convicted of possessing an offensive weapon on Maid Marian Way, Nottingham, on 6 March 2018.

In addition Chambers was given a 30-months prison sentence, to be served consecutively, after being convicted of threatening a person with a blade/sharply pointed article in a public place in relation to an incident in Ilkeston, Derbyshire, on 21 March 2019.

He was also handed a three-month sentence, to be served consecutively, after being convicted of having a blade/sharply pointed article in a public place in relation to an incident in Bristol on 31 May 2019.

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