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Monday, 30 November 2020

Man charged following increased police patrols in town centre


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Officers from Nottinghamshire Police arrested a 23-year-old man on suspicion of shop burglary after hearing a smash while patrolling the area.

In a bid to combat Newark town centre burglaries, the Neighbourhood policing team have been conducting increased patrols, plain clothes operations and overnight activity since the beginning of October.

Two police constables were in the Carter Gate area at around 1.20am on Tuesday (20 October) when they heard several loud bangs and arrested Paul Davidson nearby.

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The 23-year-old, of Badsey Road in Oldbury, was charged with criminal damage and possession of cocaine and heroin and will next appear at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on 4 February.

Newark Neighbourhood Sergeant, Matt Ward, said: “We’ve been working hard to protect businesses in Newark and our proactive activity has seen a dramatic drop in reports of commercial burglaries.

“Officers on patrol were able to act instantly to suspicious activity and this arrest is exactly what this operation is all about.”

“We remain vigilant and burglars need to be warned that our work is ongoing and anyone passing them in the street could be a plain clothed police officer.”

Newark and Sherwood has also received a further boost in numbers in the form of their new Operation Reacher team who will be carrying out numerous operations over the next few days.