Gun and knife crime down in city

Nottingham city centre
Nottingham city centre

Gun and knife crime has more than halved in Nottingham.

Armed police units responded to 57 per cent fewer threats involving a firearm in 2014 compared to 2011, new figures reveal.

Nottinghamshire Police sent armed officers to city incidents involving a gun 101 times last year – compared with 235 times in 2011. And so far in 2015, armed officers have been called out to threats of a firearm on just 23 occasions.

The city became notorious following a series of high-profile shootings in 2003/04 which included Marian Bates and 14-year-old Danielle Beccan.

And in 2003, 22-year-old Marvyn Bradshaw was shot dead in Bulwell.

Statistics also indicate a similar drop in knife crime. Armed officers responded to threats involving a short-edged weapon 80 times last year – compared to 203 times in 2011.

Nottinghamshire Police and Nottingham City Council say the improvement comes from educating youngsters about the dangers of weapons, spearheading community projects to keep youngsters occupied and more frequent raids to seize guns from criminals.