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Police discover vehicle ‘chop shop’ in Nottinghamshire

Police investigating a ‘chop shop’ in which suspected stolen vehicle parts were discovered have charged three men.

Officers found a number of stripped-down vans and vehicle parts after raiding a workshop in West Carr Business Park, Retford, at around 11.35 pm on Sunday (19 March).

Police teams carried out a detailed investigation and three suspects are now due to appear before magistrates in relation to the incident.

Shamus Gray, aged 24, of Sturgate Walk, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, has been charged with three counts of handling stolen goods and is due to appear at Mansfield Magistrates’ Court on 25th April 2023.

Thirty-one-year-old Gregory Perry, of no fixed abode, faces two counts of handling stolen goods and Nathan Smith, aged 37, of Theaker Avenue, Gainsborough, has been charged with one count of handling stolen goods. Both are due to appear at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court today (Tuesday 21 March 2023).

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Inspector Hayley Crawford, district commander for Bassetlaw, said: “We take motor vehicle crime extremely seriously and treat it as a key priority in Bassetlaw because we know the impact it can have on families and individuals.

“Anyone who believes stolen cars are being handled, dismantled or used for criminal purposes in their neighbourhood should get in touch with officers.

“I am pleased we have secured these charges and the three suspects will now appear in court.

“I would like to thank the response teams, neighbourhood officers and specialist vehicle examiners for their work on the investigation so far.”

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