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Hotel burglar and John Lewis thief caught in Nottingham city centre crime crackdown

A suspected hotel burglar was arrested after police officers spotted him while carrying out patrols in Nottingham city centre.

An investigation was launched after a man entered a private luggage area at Premier Inn, in Angel Row, and stole a bag containing a £1,200 laptop on 3 January.

Following CCTV inquiries, a man already wanted for two shop thefts in the city centre was identified as the suspect.

He remained outstanding until he was spotted by the patrolling officers in Clumber Street and arrested on suspicion of burglary and two shop thefts.

The 41-year-old has since been bailed while inquiries into the three incidents continue.

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The arrest was made during a day of action that saw the City Centre Neighbourhood Policing Team take to the streets on Tuesday (10 January).

The proactive patrols, which included officers from the Operation Compass and Operation Reacher teams, led to positive action being taken against seven individuals.

Within five minutes of going out, officers spotted and arrested a 39-year-old woman in Clumber Street who had failed to appear in court in relation to an alleged assault.

A short time later, they saw a 16-year-old boy smoking cannabis in a car park in King’s Place. He is to be made subject to a referral order, meaning he must agree to work with a youth offending team to avoid any further action.

During the operation, the officers were called back to Central Police Station after a 21-year-old man handed himself in having breached his court order. The wanted man was arrested by the officers and taken into custody.

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The team then returned to the streets and made further arrests after spotting more wanted suspects.

They included a 49-year-old man who was spotted in Forman Street carrying two white boxes containing Bosch blenders. Officers arrested him after inquiries found the boxes had just been stolen from John Lewis. Following a search, the suspect was further arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply mamba.

A second man, aged 58, was also stopped as he matched the description of a man wanted in connection with three shop thefts. He agreed to attend a voluntary police interview.

Elsewhere, a 39-year-old was issued with a community resolution order after being caught with a small quantity of mamba in Carlton Street.

Sergeant Rich Tiernan, who led the Day of Action, said: “It turned out to be a very productive day with a number of positive results, despite the atrocious weather.

“Such were the number of suspects detained, officers agreed to work overtime so that all the necessary paperwork could be completed.

“These officers went above and beyond and deserve credit for their determined efforts in making the city centre a safe place to live, work and visit.

“Ultimately, that was the aim of this day of action and we will continue to take a coordinated approach to target suspected offenders and disrupt suspected illegal activity.

“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 crack down on crime to report it to us on 101 or speak to an officer on patrol.”

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