Head of Local Policing offers message of reassurance after Weekday Cross incident
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Chief Superintendent Suk Verma, head of local policing for Nottinghamshire Police, wants to offer reassurance to the public after the recent incident in Weekday Cross where knives were brandished in the street.
He said: "Nottingham is a thriving and inclusive city and as a police force we won’t see it spoilt by those who wish to carry or use knives.
"It has always been a top priority for us, and that is why we were the first city outside of London to introduce dedicated knife crime teams.
"These teams as well as our uniformed officers work tirelessly every day to disrupt and arrest the small minority who bring weapons onto our streets.
"I cannot go into lots of details about the recent incidents that have happened in our city as these investigations are active and are soon to be heard before the courts.
"However, I hope it offers some reassurance to the public that we acted fast and efficiently to identify all seven suspects following the incident at Weekday Cross, near to Nottingham Contemporary.
"Two of those suspects have now been charged with affray and have been remanded into custody by the courts.
"This investigation continues at pace, and we will keep the public constantly updated.
"It is important for the public to know what we are doing to target knife carriers.
"It is also important for the public to know this is not something we can do alone and that is why we need strong partnership working, which includes building strong unbreakable bonds within our communities.
"I would like to share a few examples with you.
"We have regular visible and discreet targeted patrols in areas where we believe there are problems, preventing tensions and issues from escalating.
"We work closely with stakeholders to continue to gather information and intelligence.
"This year alone, we have seen the highest number of intelligence submissions via Crimestoppers and 101, some of which will be linked to knife crime.
"This has helped shape our policing response and I would like to personally thank members of the public for continuing to work with us and providing vital information.
"This shows quite clearly that the people of Nottingham and Nottinghamshire do not tolerate this abhorrent behaviour of carrying knives either.
"It is not just about enforcement though.
"It is important we work with partners to establish and understand the root cause of knife crime and deter our young people away from this activity which we know too well can wreck multiple lives.
"We have already invested in schools officers and run educational knife crime awareness sessions at both local educational establishments and within the community to support a preventative approach to this issue.
"There are also some fantastic organisations and projects in our city and county which work with young people every day to change their perspective.
"We will never be complacent, and we completely understand how some of the recent incidents will have troubled members of the public.
"However, rest assured, we will continue to target anyone who wishes to bring violence or the fear of violence to our streets and ensure they are dealt with robustly."