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Armed police and dog team seize machete and sword after car stopped by stinger in Nottingham

Nottingham – Armed police officers and a dog team arrested four suspects and seizure of weapons after a car was stung and stopped.

Officers were quickly deployed after reports of an aggravated burglary involving weapons at an address in Hucknall overnight on Tuesday (30 April 2024) and windows being smashed at a property in Bestwood during the early hours of Wednesday (1 May 2024).

A car believed to be linked to both incidents was spotted and followed by officers who used a stinger before boxing the vehicle in to bring it to a stop in Wilkinson Street, Nottingham, at around 1am on Wednesday.

Three suspects were detained in the car and a fourth suspect was arrested after a foot chase.

When officers searched the car they recovered a machete, samurai sword, baseball bat, and drugs.

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Three men, aged 18, 19, and 19, were arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary, possession of a knife in a public place, and criminal damage.

A 15-year-old boy was detained on suspicion of aggravated burglary, possession of a knife in a public place, possession of an offensive weapon in a public place, and criminal damage.

Detective Sergeant Nathan Bingham, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “As our coordinated response to these reported incidents has shown, Nottinghamshire Police treats weapon-related crime extremely seriously.

“Our priority is to keep people safe and reduce any risk as soon as possible, and this was a great example of that commitment as officers were quickly deployed and made arrests soon after.

“The consequences of carrying a knife can be devastating which is why the force continues to work hard every day to tackle the issue and target people who carry weapons on our streets as well as focusing on proactive work with partners to prevent weapon-enabled crime and violence from happening in the first place.

“We remain determined to drive down knife crime in our communities and the public’s continued support is key to helping us to achieve our goal.”

Superintendent Louise Clarke added: “This is yet another example of the excellent work our armed officers do every day to tackle crime and keep people safe.

“Thanks to the skill and tenacity of the officers involved they worked together to stop this car, secure these arrests, and remove a cache of weapons from our streets.”

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