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Arrests after ‘day of action’ in Nottingham city centre

Nottinghamshire Police continued its commitment to clamping down on crime as part of a day of action in Nottingham.

The city centre neighbourhood policing team joined forces with Operation Reacher and Operation Compass officers to patrol local streets and seek out criminality on Tuesday last week (19 July 2022).

The proactive action yielded positive results, with three arrests being made.

A man was stopped in Old Market Square as officers believed he was a wanted man for failing to appear at court. They searched his bag and arrested him after finding him to be in possession of cocaine.

The 29-year-old, of no fixed address, was subsequently charged with possession of class A drugs. He pleaded guilty to the offence at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court and was given a community order including a curfew and an electronic tag.

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Elsewhere during the day of action, a 16-year-old boy was arrested for outraging public decency while on a tram in Old Market Square. He has since been bailed with conditions as enquiries continue.

Meanwhile the Operation Compass team – which tackles drug dealing, begging and antisocial behaviour in the city centre – arrested a 49-year-old man in Booth Close on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class A drugs. He has since been released under investigation.

Inspector John Lees, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “The aim of this positive day of action was to take a coordinated approach to targeting suspected offenders and disrupting suspected illegal activity as well as engaging with the people we serve, listening to any concerns and informing them about the work we’re doing to tackle crime.

“It shows we are committed to on acting on concerns that matter to local people and making the city centre a safe place to live, work and visit.

“We will continue to carry out proactive patrols. That said, we also rely on information received from the public and I would urge anyone who sees something suspicious or has information that could aid our efforts to crackdown on crime to report it to us on 101 or speak to an officer on patrol.”

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