Pub Watch boss's plea after stabbing outside Primark in Nottingham
A NEIGHBOURHOOD watch group has urged people not to avoid Nottingham at night after a 27-year-old man was stabbed.
The man was found near Primark, Long Row, at about 1.45am on Sunday.
Last night, he was in a critical but stable condition at the Queen's Medical Centre.
Mike Knight, chairman of the city's Club, Pub and Hotel Watch, said he was shocked by the incident.
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But he urged people not to let it put them off visiting the city's clubs, pubs and hotels.
"I don't think people should let this put them off at all," he said. "It's an isolated incident.
"It's been a long while since something like this happened in the city centre."
A cordon, which stretched from High Street to the Council House, in Old Market Square, was in place throughout Sunday morning. The area reopened at about 2pm.
An extensive search of the area was carried out and detectives were viewing hours of CCTV footage. It is believed an altercation took place near to where the victim was found.
Detectives were also looking at the possibility that a number of people were involved.
Mr Knight insisted Nottingham was one of the safest cities in the country.
"I think Nottingham is the same as any other vibrant city centre," he said.
"In fact, Nottingham is a lot better than other towns and I would feel safer here because of what we've done with door control and street pastors and, of course, the pub watch."
Members of the Nottingham Business Improvement District, which represents shops and restaurants, said they were shocked by the attack.
"We are saddened by this incident, particularly as the BID works hard to improve the safety and perception of Nottingham at night," said Jeff Allen, chairman of Nottingham BID.
"We hope this isolated incident won't deter people from visiting the city centre."
Detective Inspector Leigh Sanders, who is leading the investigation, appealed for help from the public, saying: "There is a man who is gravely ill in hospital. Do you know who did this to him?
"The area would have been busy at the time of the incident, as people would have been leaving pubs and clubs.
"Did you see anything that you think might help us? There are people out there who know who did this and it is only a matter of time before we find out. We suggest they come forward now, before we come knocking."
Witnesses or anyone with information should contact police on 101. Alternatively call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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