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Plain-clothed police officers tackle drug dealing in Newark

Officers have warned dealers they could be caught out by plain-clothed officers as they take action on residents’ concerns about drugs.

The Newark and Sherwood Operation Reacher and neighbourhood teams hit the streets of Hawtonville in a bid to catch offenders in the act.

Within a couple of hours of their first outing on Thursday the team pulled over a driver suspected of having no insurance, stopped and searched two suspects and chased down another who attempted to flee.Drug paraphernalia as found on the suspect who attempted to flee and another was given a warning for cannabis possession.

PC Poppy Macky, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “We’re going to be carrying out this operation on a regular basis as it has proved very useful in disrupting crime and also preventing offences.

“We take residents’ concerns seriously and when they tell us that they believe drug dealing has been happening on their doorstep, we will act on this information.

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“Drug dealers never know when we are watching them and they need to be warned that they could get caught out at the drop of a hat.

“We regularly receive information from members of the public and could well be building up an intelligence picture on an individual that will lead to a warrant or an arrest.

“We urge young people to think again about getting involved in this criminality as the chances are they will end up with a criminal record which will change the course of their life forever.”

People with information can contact the Newark and Sherwood neighbourhood team or Newark Operation on 101.

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