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Plea to see Nottingham gun crime incidents 'in context'

A senior councillor in Nottingham said two gunshot incidents in one afternoon was not a return to the peak of gun crime in the city.

On Wednesday a man was shot in the leg in the Top Valley area of the city at lunchtime while later guns were fired from two cars in New Basford.

Deputy leader of the city council Graham Chapman said the incidents needed to be put into context.

The city has worked hard to shed its "gun crime image", he said.

Fired from cars

Mr Chapman said: "I'm just pleading with people to put it into context.

"It got really out of context a few years ago and it damaged the city enormously.

"If the media put it into context then it won't [do] that damage.

"Obviously what we need to do is sort out the guns, and that is gradually being done."

A 22-year-old man injured in the Top Valley shooting was taken to hospital for treatment to his wounds and was said to be in a stable condition.

In the second incident, guns were fired from cars on Liddington Street in the New Basford area although no-one is thought to have been injured.


Ch Insp Matthew McFarlane tries to reassure residents

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