Top officer speaks out after third Ashfield stabbing

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Ashfield’s top police officer has moved to reassure residents after a third stabbing in almost a month.

Inspector Glenn Longden, divisional commander for the area, spoke out after a woman in her 30s had to be taken to hospital following an assault involving a knife.

Inspector Glenn Longden

Inspector Glenn Longden

The police were called to Barnes Crescent on Wednesday evening and remained there until the next day.

The woman was taken to hospital by ambulance but has since been released while a man has been arrested.

It comes weeks after a woman died from stab wounds after an attack in Kirkby in July, and then another person was allegedly stabbed in the torso close-by earlier this month.

Insp Longden said: “All three of these incidents are completely unrelated and domestic in nature, so this is not a series of attacks.

“We’ve not got people wandering around the streets with knife, arrest have been made in each case.

“They are not random attacks by somebody walking the streets, people should not fear walking out of their doors.

“We are 12 per cent down on violent crimes from last year and it’s unfortunate and sad that we have had these incidents.

“We have stop and search powers but these offences were spontaneous in effect, no preventative measures could have been taken.

“It’s a serious matter to be in possession of an offensive weapon and we take any report seriously.

“The courts also take a very dim view on this.”

On July 16, 46-year-old Aleksandra Mrozic was stabbed to death on Gleneagles Drive.

She died on the way to hospital after emergency services were called to reports of a fight.

Pawel Lupa, 40, of Gleneagles Drive, Kirkby, has been charged with murder and attempted murder of another man.

Then on August 4, police were called to Copeland Road at around 3pm following reports of a stabbing following a chase.

The 26-year-old victim was also allegedly struck over the head with a iron bar. However, his injuries were not thought to be life-threatening.

Jason Manthorpe, 20, of Vernon Road, Kirkby, has since been charged with grievous bodily harm and threatening a person with a bladed article.

Meanwhile, police have since arrested and charged 35-year-old Shane Lewis, of Marlborough Road, Kirkby, with grievous bodily harm following the incident on Barnes Crescent.

He appeared at Mansfield Magistrates’ Court on Friday where he was remanded in custody to appear at Nottingham Crown Court on September 9.