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Seatbelt offence leads to drugs and weapons find

Bags of drugs, four knives and a knuckleduster were all seized from a car pulled over by response officers in Nottingham.

Police were on patrol in Radford Road, New Basford, at around 11.05pm on Tuesday (22 August), when they spotted a driver not wearing their seatbelt.

After pulling the vehicle over to speak to the driver, officers started to become suspicious when they noticed the smell of cannabis coming from within the car.

This prompted them to carry out a search of the vehicle which led to several bags of different Class A drugs, including MDMA, as well as quantities of cannabis being discovered.

A knuckleduster, four lock knives, weighing scales and multiple phones were also recovered by officers from within the car following the stop.

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While the searches were being carried out, the driver was subjected to a roadside drugs wipe, which tested positive for traces of cannabis.

Two men, aged 55 and 19, were both arrested on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon, possession with intent to supply Class A drugs, possession with intent to supply Class C drugs, and possession of a knife in a public place.

The 19-year-old suspect was additionally arrested for drug-driving, driving without a licence and driving without insurance.

Chief Inspector Jon Foy, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “This was a great result that really showcased how proactive and attentive our officers are – in this case our response team – when they’re out carrying out their routine patrols.

“Thanks to this approach, we were ultimately able to take multiple weapons off the streets and seize quantities of Class A and Class C drugs, having originally only pulled the suspect vehicle over because the driver didn’t have their seatbelt on.

“There is absolutely no excuse for anyone to carry a lock knife or other blade with them in a public setting. In fact, in the UK it is actually illegal for anyone to even keep certain offensive weapons, including knuckledusters, in their homes full stop.

“Likewise, anyone that thinks they’re able to supply drugs on the streets of Nottinghamshire is sadly mistaken and should expect to find themselves brought under arrest by our officers.”

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