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Police Message – Belle Vue stabbing

by Owen Temple on January 29, 2013

Consett Neighbourhood Policing Team have put out the following message about yesterday’s extremely serious incident at Belle Vue Leisure Centre:

Consett Police are investigating an incident at a Consett Leisure Centre yesterday in which a young man was stabbed. Police are continuing to question a 20-year-old man arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

Officers were called to the Belle Vue Leisure Centre in Ashdale Road at about 2.20pm.

A 22-year-old local man suffered stab wounds and was taken by air ambulance to the RVI in Newcastle where he is described as “poorly” but his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

Detective Inspector Aelf Sampson, the officer leading the investigation, said: “We are not looking for anyone else in connection with this incident which was completely confined to a changing room at the gym. A number of people were evacuated from the centre as a precaution but at no point was there any threat to members of the public.

“Staff at the centre acted promptly to minimise any possible risk to other people and a police cordon around the building helped ensure the incident concluded within the centre itself.”

Consett Neighbourhood Policing Team will be carrying out regular visits to Belle Vue Leisure Centre to reassure any members of the public affected by this incident and answer any questions they may have.

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  1. Lucy says:

    Is this another reason as to why facilities for the wider public such as the swimming and sports centre should not be taken into the school context of a new academy? This is the second serious incident at this centre in recent months. Surely the incorporation of these facilities into the academy would provide safeguarding issues for the students?
    It certainly raises real concerns for me. I have always been concerned that the proposal for a “conjoined” sports centre is a concept that the county has been unable to provide any model for. Being first in anything can be exciting – it can also be dangerous because it is by definition untried and untested. Owen

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