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Staff praised after alleged sexual assault in Nottingham city bar

Quick-thinking security staff have been praised by police for detaining a suspect before they swiftly arrived and arrested him on suspicion of sexual assault.

It’s alleged a man assaulted a woman inside the MOJO cocktail bar in Thurland Street, in the city centre, during the early hours of Thursday (24 June 2021).

Assistant manager Matt Hawkin called the police after speaking to the woman who had run up the street crying after the incident.

Meanwhile the bar’s security staff stayed with the suspect and kept him occupied until officers arrived.

MOJO’s general manager Mark Smith said: “Although this horrible incident happened inside our venue I believe we took the right steps. It was a quick response from the police and we have provided statements and CCTV footage in support of their ongoing investigation.

“Our company takes sexual violence and harassment seriously and we are taking part in the #AskForAngela campaign which aims to prevent and reduce sexual violence and vulnerability.

“During the lockdown we’ve had a big focus on this, with female staff coming up with ideas, and we have campaign posters displayed in our toilets.”

The #AskForAngela campaign gives customers a discreet code word they can use to tell staff at venues if they feel unsafe or threatened. Staff can then help customers leave or call a taxi safely.

Mr Smith added: “If any of our guests are feeling harassed or uncomfortable they can simply go to the bar and ask for “Angela”. Our trained staff will know that you need out of a situation and will call you a taxi or help you out discreetly.”

Detective Inspector Gareth Harding of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “I’d like to commend the security staff who detained the suspect inside the premises.

“It’s a good example of door supervisors working with police to tackle suspected criminal activity in our night-time economy and I’d like to thank them for their assistance.”

“Nottinghamshire Police has worked with our partners and venues over recent years to highlight the need to identify vulnerability within the night-time economy and what to do if incidents occur.

“We treat all reports of sexual assault extremely seriously and we have specially-trained officers who are supporting this survivor while our investigation into this incident continues.”

A 19-year-old man arrested in connection with Thursday’s incident has since been released under investigation while police continue with their enquiries.

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