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Richard Todd 05.12.22

Youths seen ‘setting off fireworks in street’ as police were called to pub

Residents voiced their concerns after a large police cordon was set up outside a Top Valley pub following a serious assault.

Three police cars and a welfare unit van were stationed in the car park of the Duke of St Albans in Bewcastle Road on Sunday morning, October 3.

People living in the area spoke about hearing a large group of people setting off fireworks the previous evening.

Mark Jackson, 42, who has lived near the pub for 12 years, said: “I got woke up by it all last night. I heard all the police cars and so I came outside just as a load of kids were setting off fireworks over the other side of the roundabout, by the bus stop.

“That was just as a police van came round the corner. Then I saw loads of kids running away. It’s that pub that is causing all the problems, everyone round here is sick of it – we had a shooting there before – everyone complains about it.

“I thought we were at war when I first came outside! It was crazy. There was police everywhere, fireworks going off. I’m a deep sleeper so I usually don’t hear anything either.”

Vioril Campeon, 34, who moved to Bestwood Park Drive last year, added: “we weren’t at home last night – we came back this morning at about 7am and saw all of this. I was quite worried.

“The pub have been doing parties on Saturdays and Sundays but it’s just been live music, a little bit of noise but not too bad. I don’t know what happened last night.”

Police have confirmed they were called to reports of a serious assault in the area on Saturday night, although the exact details of the incident are not yet known.

Terry Shaw, 68, who was out walking his dog, said: “I thought it didn’t look good so I’m not surprised it’s serious. I live about 10 minutes up the road and so I didn’t hear anything really.

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“It’s a shame because most people are sensible but then you get these sorts of things happen. I feel sorry for the people that live round here.”

One neighbour, who lives on Bestwood Park Drive and wished to remain anonymous, said: “There was a huge crowd of kids and they were letting off fireworks.

“It was about 12am. It was hard to tell how many were there – there was that many people honestly, it was unbelievable.

“They were all in the car park over there. One of the policemen came over here to see if we were alright – all they told me was there had been an incident.

“So I don’t know what went off exactly – but when the fireworks were going off it was so noisy.’

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