Residents heartbroken after boy is stabbed outside pub

Neighbours say they are heartbroken after a 16-year-old boy was left with life-threatening injuries after being stabbed outside a Nottingham pub.

A cordon remains in place outside the Duke of St Albans pub in Bewcastle Road, Top Valley, following the incident, which happened at about 11.15pm on Saturday.

Police say they believe it was a targeted attack carried out by a ‘lone individual’ who attended the event and ‘sought out the victim before carrying out the attack’.

The boy was taken to hospital where he required surgery.

Residents in Top Valley told Nottinghamshire Live they were “saddened” to hear of what happened to someone so young and pleaded with people in the community to stop such “needless” violence.

Viv and Andy Leader, 51 and 55, live in Top Valley and were walking past the cordon set up at the pub.

Viv said: “That is absolutely awful. It’s just so sad for his poor family and for his friends, if they saw what happened too.

Police at the Duke of St Albans in Bewcastle Road, Top Valley
Police at the Duke of St Albans in Bewcastle Road, Top Valley

“I always say one thing like this is one too many. These are children who haven’t even started life properly yet. I can’t get my head around it.”

“It weighs on everyone here when something like this happens,” said Andy.

“It all just seems so stupid, so needless. And it gives the area a bad name when the majority of people are lovely and get on with each other.

“How you could go out with the intention of doing something like that to someone else, I’ll never understand.”

One man, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “It’s absolutely heart-breaking, honestly.

“16 is absolutely no age to be involved in anything like this. It isn’t the first police incident at that pub unfortunately, there are always problems there.

“It’s a bomb waiting to go off.”

Nearby residents described how they saw fireworks being let out in the street as well as large groups of youths shouting late at night.

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward as they continue their investigation.

Detective Inspector Mike Ebbins, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “It is believed this was a targeted attack by an individual and not an incident that affects wider public safety, although clearly it is concerning for the community whenever a serious incident like this happens.

“Our thoughts are with the male and his family at this time and we are working incredibly hard to trace the person responsible and would urge anyone who may be able to help us find him quicker to get in touch – even if it is anonymously through Crimestoppers.

“A large amount of resource is being put into this investigation and officers have been making inquiries in the area, including reviewing CCTV footage.

“Nottinghamshire Police is committed to preventing and enforcing against knife crime and teamwork with the public and partner agencies is vital in tackling incidents such as this. I would urge anyone who has information that could help the investigation to contact Nottinghamshire Police as soon as possible on 101, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”