Machete wielding youths clash outside art gallery in city centre

The suspects were caught on CCTV outside Nottingham art gallery on Friday night (Picture: BBC)

Police are on the hunt for a group of armed young men in Nottingham. 

The three suspects were caught on CCTV ‘wielding machetes’ outside of Nottingham art gallery on Friday afternoon. 

Footage has since been shared via social media, showing the young man wearing dark clothes and brandishing the large blades, seemingly at one another, as a woman attempts to disperse them. 

Eventually they are seen to run off down a nearby flight of steps. 

One employee at the gallery has been quoted by MailOnline as saying they were left ‘fearing for my life.’

Nottingham Police Chief Inspector Karl Thomas said: ‘Detectives are investigating what happened as a matter of urgency and are working at speed to identify all the young people involved. 

‘Officers have released CCTV images of the people they wish to trace as part of their investigation. 

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‘Anyone who recognises them is urged to contact Nottinghamshire Police immediately.’

He added: ‘I want to reassure everybody about just how seriously we are treating this incident.’

It is understood that high visibility officers have been placed on patrol in the area as a precaution. 

An ‘extensive search’ is also reported to be underway. 

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As of Sunday morning no injuries have been reported in relation to the altercation. 

Anyone with knowledge of the young men’s identities or their movements on the day in question is encouraged to contact authorities directly by calling 999. 

The altercation took place around midday on Friday afternoon and is reported to have lasted just a few minutes before the young men ran off again.

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