Detectives searching for a man wanted in connection with a serious assault in Mapperley said today they are ‘working tirelessly to locate him’.
Officers from multiple departments in Nottinghamshire Police launched a combined tactical effort to locate Joseph Chattaway after a man and a woman were seriously injured in an incident in Pilkington Road on Wednesday, August 5.
It is understood the couple could be Chattaway’s parents.
The man remains in a critical condition in hospital, the woman received treatment for serious injuries and has since been discharged.
Detective Inspector Pamela Dowson, who is part of the team overseeing the investigation into the incident, said: “Officers were called to the report of a domestic assault at around 2pm after a man and a woman were believed to have been attacked with blunt instrument.
“When police arrived at the scene, 25-year-old Joseph Chattaway had fled the area and officers are now working to find him in order to question him in connection with the assault.
“Joseph is described as being around 6ft 4ins tall, with a short beard and short dark hair. He is of medium build and is thought to have been wearing a black long-sleeved top and black trousers at the time of the incident.
“A hammer was also recovered at the scene.
“From that point, a large scale operation to locate Chattaway began, with the police helicopter, foot searches and drone support all used to try and find where he may have gone.
“We are working with other forces and have circulated his picture and description of him so that officers across the region are aware of who he is.”
It is thought that Chattaway has no phone on him, no credit cards or any money and he is not believed to have a driving licence.
Det Insp Dowson added: “We are doing everything we can to locate Chattaway. We recognise the concerns of the local community and understand why they may be worried.
“We have responded by upping patrols in the area and I would remind anyone who has any concerns to report them to the police either by speaking with an officer or calling 101.
“Further to this, we are thankful to anyone who has submitted information on sightings of Chattaway. Unfortunately, when we have explored these lines of enquiry, we have not found him.
“Please continue to report any possible sightings of Joseph to police on 999 as soon as you see him.
“The public’s support is vital in our search for him – any information you have, no matter how insignificant you think it may be, could play a vital role in helping officers locate Chattaway.”
Joseph’s family has shared a new photo with Nottinghamshire Police to help locate him and have asked for privacy during this difficult time.