Nottinghamshire Police officers have been commended for their quick-thinking actions which helped save a boy’s life after he was stabbed in the city centre.
The 16-year-old suffered a serious stab wound to his arm and needed an urgent operation after the blow inflicted hit an artery.
One of the officers who attended the incident was told by medics that he saved the boy’s life by quickly putting a tourniquet on his arm to stem a catastrophic bleed.
The PC, from the force’s Armed Response Team, was one of a number of officers who were quickly on the scene following the disturbance in Fletcher Gate which happened at around 6.40pm on 11 January 2019.
The officer – who does not want to be named – found the boy unconscious. He said: “When I found him he was bleeding heavily. A female member of the public was doing a very good job of holding his arm up and stemming the bleeding and I quickly put a tourniquet on his arm.
“We do all this training for situations like this and when it happened for real it just felt like training – you just drop into it, which allows you to stay calm and do what you need to do.
“The boy was taken to the Queen’s Medical Centre for surgery and doctors later told me that the tourniquet saved his life.”
After he received hospital treatment the boywas arrested and today (Friday 23 August 2019) he was locked up after stabbing another boy during the incident.
He was sentenced to serve six years and three months in a young offenders’ institution after previously pleading guilty to affray and possession of an offensive weapon and being found guilty of grievous bodily harm.
A second boy, aged 16, also identified as being involved in the incident during the investigation, was arrested and subsequently charged.
He was sentenced to serve five years in a young offenders’ institution after previously being found guilty of grievous bodily harm, affray and possession of an offensive weapon following a nine-day trial.
A third boy, aged 16, received advanced first aid after suffering a deep slash wound to his thigh. This boy, who was arrested after receiving hospital treatment, was acquitted of all charges following a trial.
The two offenders in court, who can’t be identified for legal reasons, were sentenced at Nottingham Crown Court.
Members of the public saw a group of males attacking each other while a tram came to a stop in Fletcher Gate.
Footage from CCTV showed one of the defendants chasing another boy, after leaving the tram, and swinging a large machete towards his legs. He was himself stabbed by another boy during the incident.
Speaking after the two boys were sentenced, Detective Constable Ruth Towle said: “I’d like to commend our officers who gave immediate advanced first aid to these boys and also thank the members of the public who gave assistance.
“This frightening and violent incident was witnessed by a number of people during peak hours in a busy part of the city centre.
“The actions of these boys could easily have resulted in fatal consequences. Every time a knife is used there’s the potential to end life.
“Those who carry knives must face the consequences of their actions and we will continue to relentlessly pursue offenders who commit serious violence in Nottinghamshire.”
Detective Inspector Kayne Rukas added: “The sentences passed today are welcomed and should serve as a stark reminder to people that carrying a knife and subsequently using it can have very serious consequences for all involved.
“There’s absolutely no need to carry knives in Nottinghamshire and the consequences of doing so are simply not worth it.
“Nottinghamshire Police is committed to tackling knife crime and we, like the community we serve, believe there is no place for weapons on our streets.
“We have a dedicated knife crime team and we have reintroduced Schools and Early Intervention Officers to visit and work with schools to educate young people in a bid to help them make positive choices.
“It takes a collaborative effort between the entire community, including our partners and members of the public, to combat this issue and we will always aim to put people before the courts at the earliest opportunity when we catch them carrying a knife.”