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Knife and laughing gas found in car after West Bridgford collision

A knife and nitrous oxide canisters were discovered by police officers at the scene of a car crash.

Police attended the A52 Nottingham Knight roundabout, West Bridgford, at around 10:50 pm on Thursday (26 January).

Officers were driving through the area when they witnessed a car crash into the side of the roundabout.

The car sustained significant damage, with the driver being issued a traffic offence report (TOR) for driving without due care and attention.

While waiting for the vehicle to be recovered, the driver opened their car boot – with officers then spotting two dozen nitrous oxide canisters inside.

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A further search was subsequently carried out of the car, which led to the discovery of a knife, as well as balloons.

Police then arrested the driver, a 19-year-old man, on suspicion of possessing a knife in a public place and possessing a psychoactive substance with intent to supply.

Inspector Sharon Powar, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Our officers certainly weren’t expecting to find what they did when they witnessed a car crash first-hand and tried to help.

“Nevertheless, this discovery should serve as a warning to anyone thinking of taking a knife out in public or dealing drugs on our streets that we will ultimately catch up with you.

“There is absolutely no excuse for anyone to carry a weapon in public, either on their person or in their vehicle. Doing this actually puts people far more at risk of coming to harm themselves.

“It is also important people understand that inhaling nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, isn’t just harmless fun but could actually put their health at risk.

“Selling these canisters is a crime and anyone who does this should expect to be prosecuted.

“We have arrested a suspect in connection with this incident, but our inquiries are still ongoing so we’d ask anyone with information to call the police on 101, quoting incident 790 of 26 January 2023.”

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