Nottinghamshire Police’s say that their ‘zero-tolerance approach’ towards weapon-enabled crime was vindicated after a man was charged and others arrested over separate offences.
Operation Guardian patrols in Nottingham city centre saw a man who was acting suspiciously as he was walking along Upper Parliament Street at around 6.45pm yesterday (Friday 25 February 2022).
After he was stopped and spoken to, a knife was recovered and seized.
Operation Guardian is now well established in the city centre and across other parts of Nottinghamshire, with the proactive police activity helping to keep people safe by tackling drugs and reducing violence, with the aim of preventing crime from happening in the first place.
Knife and hammer possession
A 19-year-old man from Sawley in Derbyshire has been charged with possession of a knife in a public place. He was subsequently released on bail and is due to appear at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on 1 April 2022.
Yesterday police officers arrested two men and recovered a hammer after responding to reports of a robbery in The Arboretum area of Nottingham.
It had been reported that a man was walking home when he was threatened by two men who demanded his bag. The alleged incident happened in Alfreton Road at around 8.30pm.
Following enquiries officers arrested a 37-year-old man on suspicion of robbery and possession of an offensive weapon in a public place and a 40-year-old man on suspicion of robbery.
Police were also called to a report of a man seen in possession of a knife who was making racial slurs towards another man in Grassington Road, Aspley shortly after 5.30pm yesterday.
Officers arrived on scene within minutes and a 33-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession of a knife in a public place and racially-aggravated public order.
In another separate weapon-related incident officers arrested a teenager after reports of a disturbance in Carlton Street, Nottingham city centre, at around 7.20pm yesterday.
It was reported a male was acting aggressively and a member of door staff was allegedly spat at and racially abused.
A 17-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of common assault, racially-aggravated public order and possession of a knife in a public place.
Work by the force’s road crime team led to another weapon being recovered and a suspect being arrested in connection with a separate incident shortly after 1.30am today (Saturday 26 February 2022).
Team members intercepted and stopped a car in Hucknall Lane, Bulwell, which was suspected to be involved in illegal drug supply.
When they searched the vehicle they found an extendable baton along with a bag of suspected Class A drugs.
A 38-year-old man was detained on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs and possession of an offensive weapon in a public place.
Chief Inspector Chris Pearson, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “The swift action taken in response to these incidents demonstrates our commitment to keeping people safe and cracking down on weapon-enabled crime.
“We continue to take a zero tolerance approach to this sort of criminality.
“I’d like to reassure people that the force will do everything in its power to protect the public, to ensure that those who carry weapons are dealt with quickly and appropriately and to remove dangerous weapons and harmful drugs from our streets.”