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Police stop vehicle in Nottingham and discover firearm, ammunition and drugs

Police recovered a collection of drugs, ammunition and weapons after a routine stop of a driver suspected of using a mobile phone at the wheel.

Officers saw a man driving a VW Polo who appeared to be using his phone as he was driving and pulled the vehicle over in Valley Road, New Basford, at around 1.45pm yesterday (21 September 2021).

A search of the vehicle found suspected class B drugs, a suspected firearm, ammunition and a lock knife.

He was arrested on suspicion of possession of a bladed article, possession of a loaded or unloaded firearm and suitable ammunition in a public place and possession with intent to supply cannabis.

The 22-year-old suspect has since been released on police bail while officers continue to investigate the offence.

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Detective Constable Ruth Towle, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “This is a great example of the proactive policing that keeps communities safe and helps drive down crime in the county.

“Officers on patrol in the area spotted a driver who appeared to be using his mobile and stopped his car, before becoming suspicious about a smell of cannabis. A subsequent search of the car uncovered drugs and weapons.

“We take firearms and drugs offences very seriously and will always work to take appropriate action against those who are found to have committed such offences.“An investigation is under way and we will be conducting a thorough enquiry into this matter.”

Anyone with any additional information is asked to call 101 quoting incident 357 of 21 September 2021.

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