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Arrests after hunting knife in sheath found in a Nottingham street

Nottingham knife crime and neighbourhood officers combined to great effect to chase down two suspects and seize a hunting knife.

Police were called to Melbourne Park, Aspley, following reports a group of loitering youths had been seen with a ‘Rambo’ knife.

The knife crime team and city west officers responded by quickly zeroing in on this location, at which point they spotted a group in an alleyway.

After spotting police approaching, the suspects all ran in different directions, with officers chasing after them on foot towards Melbourne Road.

A suspect was then found hiding in some bushes in a garden by the knife crime team, while city west officers also detained another suspect nearby.

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After retracing their steps, police then discovered a sheathed hunting knife behind an electricity substation, shortly after that initial call at 6.05pm on Wednesday (29 May).

The two suspects – a 17-year-old boy and a 15-year-old boy – were both subsequently arrested on suspicion of possessing a knife in a public place.

Police also additionally arrested the 17-year-old on suspicion of possessing Class B drugs.

Sergeant Matt Daley, of Nottinghamshire Police’s knife crime team, said: “This was a great example of our teams working together to get a positive result, which in this case was the seizure of a dangerous weapon.

“After receiving calls that a knife had been seen, my team and city west officers between us quickly managed to track down a group of suspects and give chase.

“As well as locating two suspects, who were duly arrested, our officers were able to retrace their steps and find a Rambo-style hunting knife that had been concealed nearby.

“Taking knives and offensive weapons off our streets is a priority for Nottinghamshire Police, which is precisely why our dedicated knife crime team exists and carries out the daily patrols we do.

“We are also on hand to assist our neighbourhood officer colleagues across the city, if needed, so we’re pleased to have been able to do that on this occasion.”

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