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Police stop 49 people in city drugs operation

A teenager is due in court after he was caught with cannabis and a razor blade in public.

The 16-year-old will appear at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on 3 November in connection with a stop and search in Friar Lane, Nottingham.

He was charged with possession of a class B drug and possessing a bladed article after admitting to the offences having been arrested as part of a crackdown on illegal activity in Nottingham city centre.

Police stopped and searched a total of 49 people – including the teenager – during the Operation Guardian on 28 September, with a passive drugs dog used to sniff out people who may be carrying or have come into contact with drugs as they patrolled the city’s streets.

Operation Guardian is now well established in the city centre and is highly successful in tackling drugs and reducing violence which is often associated with drug use and dealing in the night time economy.

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Sergeant Graham Whitt, who led the operation, said: “We engaged with a lot of people during another successful operation as revellers were out enjoying themselves.

“These included students enjoying their first taste of Nottingham’s night time economy and many commented on how safe this type of police activity made them feel. Venues including Rock City were also really positive towards the patrols.

“We introduced Operation Guardian to reassure the public that Nottinghamshire Police takes proactive action to prevent crime from happening in the first place, so it was really pleasing that our patrols were positively received.

“We want people to feel safe in Nottingham and that is why we will not hesitate to take robust action against anyone who brings drugs or weapons onto the streets.”

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