NUTHALL residents have claimed a teenager was stabbed in the village over a five pound debt.
Witnesses to the brutal attack at the Oakash Court flats last Friday say the 19-year-old had his mobile phone stolen and was stabbed in the neck and abdomen and slashed across the face with a Stanley knife – all because he owed his attacker £5.
“He took his phone off him, went back over to his car across the road and then came back with a Stanley knife. All over a fiver apparently.
“There was blood all over the floor next to my bin,” one witness, who did not want to be named, told the Advertiser this week.
Police were called to the flats at the junction of Ash Crescent and Oak Drive, at 11.10pm, last Friday night.
The victim, who suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries, was from Top Valley but is thought to have family living in Nuthall.
He was admitted to the Queen’s Medical Centre for treatment and discharged on Sunday afternoon.
A cordon was put in place throughout the weekend while inquiries were carried out.
And residents were warned to stay in their homes after the attack while police carried out forensic tests on the crime scene the following morning.
One resident said he only found out about the apparent motive after the police had visited when he spoke to the victim’s family.
“The police rang my doorbell and said don’t come out it’s a crime scene,” he said.
“I had to sign in and out at the shop for the rest of the day when I was coming and going.”
“I didn’t know why it had happened until later.”
Local councillors and police officers said the block of flats at Oakash Court was notorious for trouble, describing it as an ‘anti-social behaviour hotspot’ – with frequent calls to the police about issues with drinking and violence.
And Nuthall Parish Council clerk Sue Stack admitted she had heard about the problems.
“I know there has been trouble there for a long time,” she said.
“I think there has been some residents meetings about it.”
No one has been arrested in connection with this incident and police would like to speak to witnesses who saw or heard anything.
Sgt Andy Browning told the Advertiser: “Inquiries are active and we are looking for the offender.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Nottinghamshire Police on 0300 300 99 99 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.