A joint statement from the Leader of Gedling Borough Council, Cllr John Clarke, Deputy Leader, Cllr Michael Payne and Vernon Coaker, Member of Parliament for Gedling on the incident that occured on Mansfield Road in the early hours of this morning;
“In the early hours of this morning there was an incident where a young person was seriously assaulted in Redhill, Arnold. We are calling on anyone who has information relating to this incident to urgently contact Nottinghamshire Police.
In recent weeks and months we have raised concerns both locally and nationally about policing and police resources. Only two days ago Vernon Coaker MP spoke in Parliament on the issue of serious violence and policing response.
We have called for an urgent meeting with the Chief Constable and local Inspector of Nottinghamshire Police to discuss the ongoing and serious concerns from the public regarding problems with crime and anti-social behaviour in our local communities.
We are seeking reassurances and action from the police, including a greater police presence in our local community. In spite of Nottinghamshire Police's recent repeated use of dispersal orders in Arnold town centre, there are ongoing problems with crime, anti-social behaviour and a general fear of crime is increasing.
We must see an increased police presence in our local community, firmer action taken by the police to stop incidents like this from happening again and a zero tolerance approach to crime and anti-social behaviour. We are ready to assist the police in any way possible.”