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Cineworld has cancelled screenings of the controversial gang film Blue Story after a weekend stabbing at one of the chain’s cinemas.

Five showings at the Cornerhouse complex in Nottingham have been scrapped following the violence there on Sunday night.

It is just a temporary move as Blue Story showings are listed for later in the week,NottinghamshireLivereported.

Police said a 20 – year-old man needed treatment in hospital for what were described as non life-threatening injuries, but was later discharged.

A 16 – year-old boy was arrest ed on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm after the incident in the city center.

The boy and a 23 – year-old man were also both arrested on suspicion of having a bladed article, said police.

Blue Story depicts life for youngsters caught up in gang violence in London

The incident comes after a series of disturbances at cinemas around the country which led to two chains, Vue and Showcase, temporarily halting screenings of the movie Blue Story.

The film takes an unflinching look at life for youngsters caught up in gang violence in London.

Both chains restored showings of the film at the end of November, after originally stopping screenings following the series of incidents, which cinema operators had linked to the movie.

A man was stabbed at the Cineworld in Nottingham on Sunday night

The decision to halt showings came after several outbreaks of disorder culminated in a serious disturbance at the Birmingham Star City multiplex on November 23

The trouble left seven police officers injured, amid reports of a group of youths armed with machetes.

Vue said that during the first 24 hours of Blue Story screenings, the firm recorded 25 incidents, which they said were significant and directly related, in 16 Cinemas.

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These were documented with CCTV footage, police call logs, and detailed incident reports to security or medical authorities, and in a dozen of those incidents the police had to be called.

The Nottingham cinema had been showing the Rapman-directed movie around the time the stabbing was reported, but the incident has not been linked to the showing with police describing it as “isolated”.

Superintendent Ross Cooke, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “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. “

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