Drugs, weapons and an uninsured car were all taken off the streets during a targeted operation to clamp down on dangerous driving.
Officers from the Ashfield neighbourhood policing team, supported by colleagues from Nottinghamshire Police’s dog unit, carried out three nights of action last week in response to local concerns.
Additional patrols were mounted in key residential areas and main traffic routes. Officers also paid particular attention to drivers in and around the following locations:
- Stanton Hill, Sutton-in-Ashfield
- Farley’s Lane, Hucknall
- Chesterfield Road, Huthwaite
- Mansfield Road, Selston.
Seven arrests were made for a range of offences including possession of weapons, possession with intent to supply drugs, driving whilst disqualified and violence offences.
- A 31-year-old man who was stopped in Portland Street, Sutton-in-Ashfield, at around 3.10pm on Saturday (5 September). A large amount of cannabis was reportedly found in the vehicle and he was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class B drugs. He has since been released on police bail pending further enquiries
- A 33-year-old man was pulled over in a suspected uninsured a car in Stanton Hill, Sutton-in-Ashfield, shortly after 7pm on Friday (4 September) and arrested on suspicion of driving whilst disqualified. He has also been released on bail.
In addition to the arrests several vehicles were stopped due to the manner of their driving and words of advice given. A car was also seized for having no insurance.
Throughout the previous week additional officers have also been deployed with speed guns across the district.
Inspector Mark Dickson, district commander for Ashfield, said: “During my career as a police officer I have seen with my own eyes the impact of dangerous driving on our roads – people killed and seriously injured, and devastated families left to pick up the pieces. That’s why I take this issue so seriously and am determined to respond to residents’ concerns.
“This operation was very resource intensive but that is the level of commitment we are willing to provide to our local residents. We are aware that this is an issue of concern for people and are determined to respond. The use of unmarked vehicles, with specially trained officers, allowed us to tackle these issues head on.
“This was not about issuing tickets to motorists; it was about disrupting illegal activity, removing genuinely dangerous drivers from our streets, and educating others whose driving was found to be below the standard we would expect.
“We will continue to commit some additional resources to this issue in the weeks and months ahead. So, if you are in the habit of driving dangerously or aggressively in our community you could well be talking to one of our officers in the near future.”