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Arrests after 31 people stopped and searched in city police operation

Two people were arrested and 31 people were stopped and searched during a proactive operation to tackle drugs and associated violence.

Quantities of drugs including cocaine, cannabis, amphetamine and mamba were recovered during Operation Guardian in Nottingham city centre on Saturday night (23 October 2021).

A number of officers patrolled the streets of the city, aided by a passive drugs dog, and carried out stop and search activity, as well as engaging with people enjoying a night out.

Operation Guardian is now well established in the city centre and across other parts of Nottinghamshire and is highly successful in tackling drugs and reducing violence which is often associated with drug use and dealing in the night time economy.

One of the arrests included a 22-year-old man who was detained on suspicion of possessing class A and class B drugs with intent to supply. He was later bailed pending further enquiries.

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A 25-year-old man was arrested in Cheapside for drunk and disorderly behaviour and received a penalty notice.

Sergeant Graham Whitt, who led the operation, said: “We started our patrols from 6pm and it turned out be a very busy night in the city centre due to Stockport County fans congregating in the city centre after the Notts County match and numerous stag and hen groups roving around.

“With the recent reports of spikings, tactics were adapted to focus on nightclub queues and other hotspot areas.

“Our activity on Saturday night was positively received by students and members of the public who we engaged with and who were pleased to see us taking positive action to keep them safe.”

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