Blue Story screenings cancelled after stabbing in Nottingham

Craig Simpson
Witnesses to the incident on Sunday evening said it took place in a screening for the rap-narrated gangland ballad Blue Story - Film Stills

Blue Story screenings have been cancelled by Cineworld after a reported stabbing during the end credits of the film in Nottingham. 

A 16-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm and a 20-year-old man was rushed to hospital following reports of a fight in the Cornerhouse Cineworld complex.

Witnesses to the incident on Sunday evening said it took place in a screening for the rap-narrated gangland ballad Blue Story, which focuses on a postcode turf war in South London.

Members of the audience reportedly fled in “panic” from the screening room, with violence allegedly erupting during the end credits of the film.

Cineworld has cancelled screenings of the film at its Nottingham venue today following the incident.  There are however further screenings later in the week.

Superintendent Ross Cooke, of Nottinghamshire Police, said on Sunday: “Our officers have acted quickly to establish the circumstances around this incident leading to two arrests and the recovery of a knife.

“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.”

Blue Story is set in South London Credit: NICK WALL/Film Stills

One member of the audience told The Telegraph that “a lot of people ran off in a panic” and some “watched it unfold”. 

The injured 20-year-old is understood to have received non-life threatening injuries, following reports of a stabbing at 8.15pm at the Cornerhouse Cineworld venue in Nottingham.  A 16-year-old boy remains in custody.  

Blue Story was withdrawn and reinstated by Vue cinemas 91 venues across the UK following a mass brawl at the Star City cinema in Birmingham on November 25, in which seven police officers were injured. 

The film was created by Andrew Onwubolu, known as Rapman, who has been contacted for comment.