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Monday, 21 June 2021

Dramatic video shows arrest of Nottingham’s ‘most wanted man’

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The dramatic arrest of one of Nottinghamshire’s most prolific wanted men is captured on national television tonight.

Klayton Smith was frequently wanted by Nottinghamshire Police and was most recently being sought for a string of violent offences involving weapons.

The 28-year-old, of Ruddington Lane in Nottingham, had failed to appear at a court hearing and officers had exhausted various addresses and pieces of intelligence in a bid to locate him but he had seemingly gone to ground.

In tonight’s Police Interceptors episode, firearms officers are called to a report of people with knives and swords on a street in the Clifton area but when they arrive there’s no sign of a disturbance.

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Suddenly a grey Ford C-max car came around the corner and the two occupants were ordered to come out of the car. There was a tense stand-off with the armed officers until the pair finally surrendered.

Officers searched the car and found two blades, a knife and a machete. The occupants were arrested and claimed that the weapons were a defence against Klayton Smith who had been threatening them.

Operational support teams flooded out to the area searching for the wanted man. After reaching a couple of dead ends, the crew received a call from the owner of a local pub. She had called 999 at around 4.30pm on 20 October 2020 to say a man had walked in ‘absolutely wired up, trying to pick a fight.’ She stated his name was Klayton.

Officers fled to the scene in Hartness Road, Clifton and spotted Smith leaving the pub. The atmosphere was tense as officers approached with their Tasers drawn and it was unclear whether Smith would accept his fate. He eventually complied whilst keeping a hand free for his cigarette.

Smith pleaded to guilty to 15 offences which included assault by beating, common assault, criminal damage, threatening behaviour, possession of cocaine, possession of cannabis, failing to stop, failing to provide a specimen along with other driving offences at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court and was finally sentenced to five months in prison on 1 March 2021.

Detective Sergeant Andy Buxton who was involved in the investigation, said: “Smith was a prolific violent offender who had deliberately been trying to escape the court process and hide from police as we tried to bring him to justice.

“He had been circulated to the media as wanted and we had received various pieces of intelligence on him, but each time the trail went cold.

“The arrest captured on Police Interceptors shows how skilled our operational support teams are in tracking down and arresting potentially dangerous people. We’re also really grateful to the public for their support and to all the people who provided us with information.

“It gave the teams great satisfaction to bring Smith to justice and proves that in the end, the law will always win out.”

Also on the programme tonight, a pack of motorcyclists fall foul of the police stinger after attempting to wreak havoc through a town and entry teams smash their way into a flat containing class B drugs.

Finally, knife-crime officers sneak up on a drug deal taking place in broad daylight and arrest a suspected dealer with cash in his hands and heroin in his pockets.Catch all this action and more every Wednesday at 8pm on Channel 5.