POLICE are today deciding what course of action to take after a stabbing incident brought Lincoln traffic to a standstill.
Three city centre roads – West Parade, Yarborough Road and The Avenue – were closed after reports a man had been stabbed during an attempted robbery.
It was alleged a 23-year-old Lincoln man had received a stab injury and had to be taken to Lincoln County Hospital for treatment.
A detailed forensic investigation was carried out and extensive enquiries were conducted throughout the morning, but it was later confirmed by police that no robbery had taken place.
Officers said the man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, caused the injury to himself during a "domestic related incident".
A spokesman for Lincolnshire Police said: "A considerable amount of police time and resources have been spent dealing with this report and members of the public have been inconvenienced by the resulting road closures.
"Lincolnshire Police will be looking at the most proportionate way of dealing with those involved and this may include a prosecution for wasting police time."
Jo Wright, landlady of the Joiners Arms in Victoria Street, was leaving the pub just after the alleged stabbing happened on Saturday morning.
She said: "I went out and I could see a police car parked down by the Job Centre in Orchard Street and they were beginning to put out the police tape and close off the roads.
"I wondered what was happening – it was frightening.
"Then through Saturday everyone was talking about it – it was worrying to think a robbery and stabbing could happen in the area.
"But if the person stabbed themselves that makes it safer – if a little strange."
Eileen Morgan, a member of the West End Residents' Association of Yarborough Road, said the incident was indicative of an overall decline in the area.
"I was up at 5.30am and saw the police cars with their flashing lights," she said. "I thought there must have been someone knocked down on the crossing.
"Then my husband went to the paper shop and heard three different versions of what happened – one that someone had been murdered in West Parade, one that someone had been stabbed and one that it was some form of domestic.
"In the last two to three years there's been a couple of stabbings, assaults and rapes – it doesn't feel as safe round here as it used to."
Yarborough Road and the surrounding streets were closed at about 3am on Saturday and were reopened at about 9.15am.
The 23-year-old was kept in Lincoln County Hospital overnight and is believed to be in a stable condition.