A CINEMA chain has cancelled further screenings of controversial gang flick Blue Story in the East Midlands – as another showing was marred by violence.
Further showings of the film in Nottingham have been cancelled after a stabbing at the city’s Cineworld complex on Sunday, December 1.
Police wearing knifeproof vests respond to reports of a stabbing at Cineworld in Nottingham on Sunday[/caption]
The frightening brawl at star City cinema in Birmingham left seven police officers injured[/caption]
East Midlands Police were called at around 8.15pm to reports of knife injuries after a fight broke out at the multiplex venue.
A man, 20, was rushed to hospital for treatment but his injuries were said to be non-life-threatening.
He was released from hospital and doctors expect him to make a full recovery.
Eyewitnesses present during the altercation say they saw police wearing stab-proof vests as they attended the scene.
A 16-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of carrying a bladed article and causing grievous bodily harm.
A 23-year-old man was also arrested on suspicion of carrying a bladed article.
Superintendent Ross Cooke, of Nottingham Police, said of the violent incident: “Our officers have acted quickly to establish the circumstances around this incident leading to two arrests and the recovery of a knife.
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“Isolated incidents such as this are incredibly serious and, as a force, we are committed to ensuring that appropriate action is taken to keep people safe and bring to justice those responsible.”
A spokesman for Cineworld told the Sun: “We can confirm that the Nottinghamshire Police are currently investigating an incident that took place at Cineworld on Sunday night.
“The safety and security of our customers is our absolute priority and we take incidents of this nature extremely seriously.
“We are doing all we can to support the Police’s investigation.”
Blue Story, produced by BBC Films and directed by Andrew Onwubolu, follows the story of two friends who eventually become part of a street war between two south London gangs
But while the gritty film has received rave reviews, its success has been over overshadowed by multiple incidents of violence.
The film’s positive message has been marred by violent incidents at cinemas around the country[/caption]
One such incident included a mass brawl – involving the use of machete – at Star City cinema in Birmingham on November 22, which left seven police injured.
Following the huge mass fight, Blue Story was banned by Vue Cinemas, with it eventually reinstated following an online petition.
And as a result of the fearsome Birmingham clash, Showcase Cinemas also banned the movie from four cinemas in the UK, including Nottingham, Southampton, Reading and Leeds
But the chain followed in the same steps as Vue, by reinstating screenings of the film after “careful consideration”.
Director Andrew Onwubolu – also known as ‘Rapman’ – condemned the violence that had resulted during screenings of the film.
He said of the incidents: “It’s truly unfortunate that a small group of people can ruin things for everybody.
“Blue Story is a film about love, not violence.”
Vue cinemas banned the film following the mass brawl – but reinstated it after fans signed an online petition demanding it return to the big screen[/caption]
Cineworld Nottingham (pictured) has banned further screenings from taking place[/caption]