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Police seize two samurai swords and a dagger after reports of man pointing a gun from a window

Two samurai swords and a dagger were seized by police after a man was seen pointing an air rifle out of an upstairs window.

Armed officers were called to an address in Coxmoor Road, Sutton-in-Ashfield, at around 11pm yesterday (Tuesday) and the gun was also seized.

A 50-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and possessing an offensive weapon in a private place.

He was later released on bail as investigations continue.

Sergeant Carl Holland, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “We take reports of firearms offences extremely seriously and work to apprehend suspects as quickly as possible.

“There can be no excuse for wielding any kind of weapon towards the public – regardless of whether it’s an air or pellet gun. These devices can look exactly the same as lethal firearms and police officers have to react accordingly.

“In this instance this report also led us to recover a number of potentially dangerous weapons which have also been taken out of circulation. Such weapons can have a devastating impact not only on victims and their families – but also on people who use them in a moment of madness and end up facing the legal consequences.

“Nottinghamshire Police will not tolerate weapon-enabled crime and works throughout the year to take weapons off the street and prevent offences from taking place in the first place.”

Tougher laws banning people from having deadly weapons in their own home came into force in July.

Consequently it is now an offence to possess certain items such as knuckledusters, throwing stars, zombie knives, butterfly knives and telescopic truncheons – even in private.

During the last financial year serious offences of violence fell by 25 per cent across Nottinghamshire. Knife crime fell by 15 per cent and other weapons offences by 17 per cent.

Anyone with additional information is asked to call 101 quoting incident 777 of 3 August 2021.