Nottingham and Nottinghamshire thought that they had turned a corner from when they were labelled one of the UK's gun crime capitals but things are on the slide again. New figures show that gun crime has risen across Nottinghamshire for the second year running.
Police released the figures after aof Information Act request from the BBC. The figures show that one person was shot dead, three seriously injured and six injured due to being shot in 2010.
The person shot dead in 2010 was Mark Shaw, 24. Shaw was shot in the head in Top Valley Nottingham. He was found shot in a garden.
Overall there were 88 gun crimes in Nottinghamshire. Whilst this is a worrying figure it is nowhere near the figures for the 1990's when Nottingham was perceived as a UK gun and knife crime hot spot. there were over three times as many incidents of gun crime recorded yearly at that time.
Nottinghamshire police have waged a successful war on those associated with gun, drug and knife crime with figures dropping year on year until the last two years. The people of Nottingham and Nottinghamshire will now look to the police to stop any slide back to the days of 'Wild West' Nottingham as some called it.
The job of the police will not be made anu easier with the introduction of the Tory and Lib Dim coalition government's cuts to police funding. When gun crime could rise due to political policies communities will take note and could show their feeling in the up coming local elections.