Newark knifeman repeatedly stabbed victim on Lovers Lane

Kelsall is of medium build with curly brown hair, facial hair, and blue eyes
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A man who stabbed his victim repeatedly and left him with a collapsed lung near a police station has been jailed. Connor Kelsall, 26, of Bridge Street, Newark, stabbed a man just a few hundred metres away from Newark's police station.

Kelsall knew his victim and was having an argument with him when he pulled out a knife and launched the "frenzied" attack. The man was stabbed at least six times during the assault, which happened in an area between blocks of flats in Lovers Lane.

After managing to break free from his attacker, the injured man staggered a few hundred metres up the road to the nearby Newark Police Station. The victim then collapsed at the gates of the car park, at which point he was spotted by officers, who treated him at the roadside until paramedics arrived.

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The man suffered multiple stab wounds to his chest and upper thigh and was rushed to hospital, where he underwent surgery for a collapsed lung. While this was taking place, police managed to track down and arrest Kelsall, shortly after the attack at 10.05pm on December 7, 2023.

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He would go on to be charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent and possessing a knife in a public place. After pleading guilty to both offences, the knifeman appeared at Nottingham Crown Court to be sentenced on Tuesday, May 28.

Kelsall, of Bridge Street, Newark, was jailed for six years and nine months. He was also made subject to a 15-year restraining order preventing him from seeing or contacting his victim.

Detective Constable Chloe Baugh, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: "Kelsall is incredibly fortunate his actions that night didn’t lead to him taking another man’s life. After getting into a fight with someone he knew, his response was to immediately pull out a knife and repeatedly use it during a prolonged attack.

"He must have known how much harm this had the potential to cause to the other man, but he still went ahead and did it anyway. Thankfully for everyone involved, the victim’s injuries weren’t more serious, and he quickly received the medical treatment he needed.

"One of the reasons for this was due to the actions of the officers who provided first-aid to the victim at Newark Police Station until paramedics arrived. That decision to carry a knife and use it can lead to devastating consequences, so it deserves to be met with severe punishment.

"Bearing this in mind, we’re pleased to see that Kelsall has now received a hefty prison sentence for his behaviour."