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Officers to speak to citygoers a week on from shooting

November 9, 2018
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Increased patrols are taking place in the city centre this weekend as detectives continue to seek information about a shooting.

Officers will be out speaking to people in the area tonight and tomorrow - one week after the incident in Fletcher Gate at around 10.20pm on Saturday (3 November).

A man fled on a moped after firing shots toward Das Kino bar, one of which hit a 24-year-old woman, who is not believed to have been the intended target. She was taken to hospital but was later released.

A 20-year-old man has been released on police bail in connection with the incident and the investigation is continuing.

Assistant Chief Constable Kate Meynell said: "People will notice an increased presence in the city centre this weekend, following on from increased patrols throughout the week, and we will be working hard to ensure people can enjoy their nights out and carry on their business as usual.

"We will be actively speaking to people who may have been out last weekend and may have seen or heard something that could be of interest to the enquiry."

ACC Meynell added that she appreciated people would be concerned about the incident but the force was working hard to catch the person responsible - and the public could play a vital role.

"The impact of gun crime cannot be underestimated, not only on the victims but the communities where they happen," she said.

"Any time a gun is used in a crime, particularly when it is discharged, we treat it extremely seriously with a rapid response and commitment of resources to both deal with the incident and the ongoing community impact.

"We also work hard using a range of tactics including planned operations to prevent and disrupt organised criminality including those who use guns.

"Thankfully we have seen a significant reduction in gun crime in the last financial year - falling by 30%. While figures can fluctuate over longer periods there is also evidence of a longer term decrease too. If we look back as far as our figures allow us to meaningfully compare, in 2007-08 we averaged 23 offences of gun crime per month, whereas now we average eight per month.

"It is also worth noting that when you compare Nottinghamshire Police to the other seven forces considered most similar to ours, we have a below-average proportion of gun crime per head of the population and have around half the proportion of the highest force in that group.

"I'm not suggesting that those figures mean gun crime is not an issue. It is simply to illustrate that while a high-profile incident can bring gun crime into the public attention, an incident in itself does not reflect a growing problem. To reiterate, all gun crimes are serious and are treated seriously and our commitment to tackling the issue will continue to be robust and relentless.

"In the summer, we had a particular challenge with a series of seven firearms discharges in the Radford, St Ann's and Old Basford areas. The investigations into each case led to arrests being made in every case and four of the investigations have resulted in a number of charges in court. Three firearms were also recovered as part of those investigations.

"We also proactively act on intelligence to recover firearms and take them off the streets. We have recovered 28 firearms since January, including one only yesterday.

"As always, the support of the community is vital in tackling serious crime. If you suspect someone of being involved in weapon-related crime please call us on 101, or if you want to remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

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