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Drugs and illegal butterfly knife found in Nottinghamshire house

A suspect has been charged after knife crime officers found an illegal blade inside a Nottinghamshire house.

County knife crime team officers were on patrol in Mansfield when they spotted some suspicious behaviour.

Believing a drug deal had just taken place outside an address in Hickling Court, officers moved in and detained a suspect.

After seizing quantities of Class A drugs from the individual, the dedicated knife crime team gained access to a nearby property.

A search was then carried out of the address by officers, following that initial spot at 12.50pm on Monday (26 February).

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Class A drugs, cash, and scales were then seized from inside, while a butterfly knife was also discovered.

Under the Offensive Weapons Act, it is illegal for anyone to keep this type of knife in a private place in the UK.

A 47-year-old  was subsequently charged with possessing an offensive weapon in a private setting.

He was released on bail and is due to appear at Mansfield Magistrates’ Court on 12 March 2024.

Three suspects – a 43-year-old man and two women, aged 22 and 47 – were also arrested on suspicion of possessing with intent to supply Class A drugs.

PC Dean Fenton, of Nottinghamshire Police’s county knife crime team, said: “While we as a team spend most of our time out on patrol trying to take knives off the streets, we will always look to seize any weapons we come across.

“That includes in people’s homes or other private settings, where it is illegal in the UK to store weapons like zombie knives, samurai swords, and knuckledusters.  

“Butterfly knives are also on this list of prohibited weapons, so it was pleasing to be able to seize one of these, as well as quantities of Class A drugs, during this incident.”

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