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Plain-clothes police find suspect with large carving knife in Nottingham

A large carving knife has been taken off the streets thanks to the work of plain-clothed officers targeting hotspot crime areas.

As part of a continued operation targeting areas throughout the Nottingham City North district, Operation Reacher officers were out on patrol on Friday 12 May – to catch those breaking the law and deter criminals.

Taking to the streets in unmarked vehicles and plain clothes to go undetected, the team had a great result after carrying out a stop and search.

A large carving knife was found inside a bag – resulting in officers immediately seizing the dangerous weapon.

Louise Aslam, aged 41, of no fixed address, has since been charged with possession of a blade in a public place.

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She is next due to appear before magistrates in Nottingham on 30 May 2023.

It comes as the force is shining a light on the work being done to tackle knife crime in the county as part of the national campaign Operation Sceptre.

The national week of action highlights some of the work being done to educate, prevent and take knives off the streets.

Operation Reacher Sergeant Zoey Price, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Thanks to the work of my team we’ve been able to take a potentially lethal weapon off our streets and charge a woman in connection with this incident.

“You may not always see us or think we are patrolling but I hope this incident shows we are out there keeping the public safe and that unsuspecting member of the public may just be a plain-clothed police officer.

“We are routinely running operations like this one with just one simple aim – to protect the community and keep them safe from harm.”

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