Knife used in an attack in Retford found in street drain

A kitchen knife which was used during an attack in Retford was found by Nottinghamshire Police response officers in a street drain.

Monday, 5th April 2021, 1:10 pm
Updated Monday, 5th April 2021, 1:14 pm

It was reported to the police that a man was threatened with the weapon before he was slashed, leaving him with injuries to his arm.

Within 20 minutes officers had arrested a man following a 999 call from a member of the public who witnessed the attack.

They were quickly on the scene in Wellington Square, Retford at 12.20pm on Sunday, April 4, to detain a 42-year-old man on suspicion of possession of a bladed article and actual bodily harm. He remains in police custody.

Wellington Square, Retford

Inspector Georgina Ball, who is leading the investigation, said: "This was excellent work by response officers who were quickly on the scene, not to just arrest a man in connection with the incident, but also seize a knife hidden in a drain.

"The victim was taken to hospital and received stitches. His injuries are not described as life threatening or life altering. He has since been discharged after receiving treatment.

"The force takes reports of knife crime extremely seriously and we acted quickly to make an arrest in connection with this incident.

"Violence of this kind is unacceptable and I'd like to reassure people that we remain committed to driving down knife crime even further in our communities.

"We will continue to work tirelessly to remove dangerous weapons off our streets and take robust action against anyone believed to be involved in violent crime."