Officers arrested six people – three of whom have now been charged – and seized three knives, a knuckleduster and drugs during a proactive policing operation.
A total of 29 people were stopped during Operation Guardian – an operation now held regularly across Nottinghamshire which aims to tackle drugs and the associated use of weapons.
A number of officers patrolled the streets of the city aided by a passive drugs dog and carried out stop and search activity, as well as engaging with people who were out enjoying themselves.
Among the areas covered by the officers on Saturday (11 September 2021) included Market Street, Old Market Square, Foreman Street, Parliament Street, Clumber Street, Victoria Street, Trinity Square and Thurland Street.
Chief Inspector Amy English, from Nottinghamshire Police, said: “It was a great success and the community interactions, on a very busy Saturday with high footfall, were overwhelmingly positive and well received.
“As a result of our positive activity we managed to seize four weapons from four separate people and recover cocaine and cannabis.
“Operation Guardian is highly successful in tackling crime and reducing violence which is often associated with drug use and dealing and I am pleased that we had a successful return.
“Proactive operations like this not only help keep people safe but also reassure the public that Nottinghamshire Police takes positive action to prevent crime from happening in the first place.
“It is also a great way for our officers to engage with the public, the vast majority of whom are really happy to see the officers out keeping them safe and tackling crime.”
The operation’s positive results included four people being arrested for drug and weapon offences – three of whom have since been charged.
A 15-year-old boy was detained after trying to avoid the police dog in Foreman Street shortly after 7pm. He smelt of cannabis and when he was searched by uniformed officers they found a switch knife in his jeans pocked and some cannabis in his jacket pocket. The boy was arrested on suspicion of being in possession of a weapon and possession of cannabis.
Ven Powell, aged 22, from Curzon Gardens, St Ann’s, has been charged with possession of an offensive weapon in a public place, common assault of an emergency worker and using threatening or abusive words or behaviour. He has been bailed to appear at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on 14 October 2021.
Joseph Powell, aged 20, from Raymede Drive, Bestwood, has been charged with possession of a knife in a public place. He has been bailed to appear at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on 28 September.
Mark Samms, aged 21, from Peartree Court, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, has been charged with possession of a knife in a public place. He has been bailed to appear at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on 28 September.