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Shock in city centre as police set up cordon after reports of group with machete

Residents voiced their shock as a police cordon was set up in Nottingham city centre following reports of a group of people were spotted with a machete.

Nottinghamshire Police were called to Cliff Road, in Nottingham city centre on Monday, September 27, after receiving multiple calls from locals spotting a group of men running down the street, one believed to be armed with a machete.

The police arrived at Cliff Road just after 12.50pm and arrested four suspects.

Four males, three of whom were aged 18 and the fourth aged 17, were arrested on suspicion of affray and a machete has also been recovered while police continue with their inquiries into the incident.

The incident led to Cliff Road being cordoned off by officers while they carried out their investigation.

Residents who live near the area explained how this isn’t a regular occurrence.

Phoebe Hallam, 19, said: “I go to college here and I didn’t even know anything had happened.

“I didn’t see anything but I saw people taking pictures so I was just really intrigued.

“This thing doesn’t usually happen around here.”

Cliff Road runs through Nottingham city centre, near buildings such as the National Justice Museum and Pitcher and Piano.

Josh Huntington-Ford, 28, said: “I’m not aware of crime here but it probably does happen.

“I live in the city centre but I don’t usually walk past here.

“I don’t really see much crime. I haven’t seen something like this before.”

Anthony Cameron, 41, said: “I walk around here all the time.

“I’ve lived round here long enough to feel safe.”

Mr Cameron added he had never seen teenagers with large knives and was shocked at the situation.

He added: “It makes me feel better that the police are still here.”

Anyone who saw what happened or who was any other information is urged to call Nottinghamshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 326 of 27 September 2021, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Investigating officers would also like to hear from anyone who may have captured dashcam or mobile phone footage of the incident.

Superintendent Sukesh Verma said: “We quickly arrested four suspects in connection with this incident and we have upped visible patrols in the area as officers carry out further investigations and provide reassurance.

“We are following a number of lines of enquiry, including checking CCTV footage, and are continuing to work hard to establish the full circumstances.

“While knife crime has reduced significantly in Nottinghamshire, every incident like this has the potential to be serious and can be incredibly upsetting for the community. Our priority is to keep people safe and that is why we remain committed to robustly investigating every report we receive and determined to drive down knife crime even further in Nottinghamshire.”

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