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Neighbours not surprised after ‘scary’ police chase near Nottingham park

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Residents admitted they were not surprised after armed police were spotted in a Nottinghamshire neighbourhood.

Witnesses reported seeing officers – some with guns – near Southglade Park, Bestwood, during the evening of Saturday, February 12.

It is understood officers were investigating reports a man had been threatened with a knife.

While on the scene a pursuit began of a suspect car at around 7pm and an attempt was made to stop the driver in Ridgeway, Top Valley, at around 7pm.

After the driver reportedly failed to stop, a pursuit ensued around the Bestwood and Top Valley areas, with armed response, road crime team and the roads policing unit involved.

The car came to a stop in Southglade Road before officers chased a man on foot.

Shortly after, the chase came to an end in Chichester Road, Top Valley, where officers arrested a 29-year-old man on suspicion of failing to stop and driving with no insurance.

One resident has said she was worried about a serious incident happening so close to a park where children play, but was still unsurprised.

Kirsty Kemp, 30, said: “It was noisy and you could see lots of cars and police out here by the park.

“No, it isn’t a surprise at all because it happens here all the time.

“There’s usually trouble, it’s a dangerous area.

“The biggest concern for me was the speeding of the car so close to the park.

“You have the park there and there’s lots of kids who walk around here and play in the park, so I was worried about that.”

Helen Boyland, 56, said: “It’s quite a scary thing to happen, isn’t it?

“I worry about going back to the park now to be honest after something like that.

“There’s been a few times where I walk through and you get youths shouting at you from a distance and it’s not nice sometimes.”

James Robinson, 39, who lives nearby the park, added: “I’d heard about it from a neighbour but not seen anything myself.

“I come here almost everyday, hardly anything ever happens.

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“You obviously get the odd person or people doing stuff but I’ve never heard of anything too bad happening.

“It’s a pretty quiet neighbourhood.

“It wouldn’t stop me coming here, no. I come through the park to walk the dog all the time.

“You might get some people who are scared to walk to the park after what’s happened, though.”

The man was also arrested on suspicion of making threats to kill in relation to the reports of a man being threatened in Bewcastle Road, Top Valley, on Wednesday (9 February 2022).

Following a search, officers also recovered a knife from the car, and the man was further arrested on suspicion of possessing an offensive weapon.

Nottinghamshire Police have been approached for an update on their investigation.

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