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Police deal with several ‘alcohol-fuelled’ conflicts resulting in injures on second weekend after Covid restrictions lifted

Officers were out in force once again this weekend due to the number of incidents returning to pre-Covid volumes across Nottinghamshire towns and the city centre.

On Saturday night alone the force was dealing with lots of competing incidents – mainly fuelled by alcohol.

This included two different episodes where people were knocked unconscious after fighting broke out.

Nottinghamshire Police had been anticipating the return to pre-Covid incidents and last weekend saw numbers of revellers queuing for clubs and bars similar to those on a New Year’s Eve.

On Saturday night, a man was knocked unconscious in a bar brawl in Lambourne Drive in Wollaton.

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Police attended and arrested a 38-year-old man on suspicion of grievous bodily harm. The victim was taken to hospital for treatment but has since been discharged.

In the small hours of Sunday morning, a woman suffered a broken jaw in an assault in St James’s Street in Nottingham city centre, resulting in the arrest of a 22-year-old woman on suspicion of grievous bodily harm. Enquiries are ongoing to establish the full circumstances.

In a separate incident in the city, a man suffered a fractured eye socket after he was allegedly punched in a nightclub in Talbot Street. A suspect was detained by security staff at the club until police arrived and a 19-year-old man was arrested in connection with the incident.

Police are also appealing for information and witnesses after a group of men were reportedly seen fighting in Lower Parliament Street at around 2.20am on Sunday morning. Detectives are analysing CCTV and following up lines of enquiry.

Chief Inspector Amy English, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “While we are pleased that people are able to enjoy themselves in the city centre again after a long period of restrictions, it is incredibly important that people remember to conduct themselves responsibly.

“The past two weekends have seen people flock to the city in large numbers, far more than on a usual weekend prior to the pandemic and we are ensuring that we can respond to any incidents accordingly.

“We have also utilised preventative measures such as our long-standing Operation Guardian patrols which see a sniffer dog used to help stop drug crime and violent crime before it happens. Op Guardian will continue across weekends throughout the summer as part of our policing approach in the city.

“One moment of uncharacteristic behaviour can completely change your life and the life of others. Please remember to be respectful of others and pace yourselves after a year-and-a-half of being unable to enjoy nightclubs properly.

“We are preparing for another busy weekend and if we are needed, we will be there but I encourage everyone to think before they act and not to risk ruining their night by spending it at the Bridewell potentially facing a criminal record.”

A huge amount of work goes on behind the scenes every weekend to keep people safe, with Nottinghamshire Police putting resource where it is needed and working closely with partners including Nottingham City Council and hundreds of licensed premises to ensure people can enjoy a trouble-free night out.

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