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Suspect arrested after friction lock baton found during car stop

A suspect is due to appear in court following a stop by knife crime officers.

The specialist policing team were out on patrol in Basford when they saw a car that aroused their suspicions.

Believing the vehicle had potential links to criminality, the officers pulled it over in Basford Road, around 6.30pm on 30 May.

A search was then carried out of the car, which resulted in a friction lock baton being recovered from inside it.

A suspect who was arrested at the scene, has since been charged with possessing an offensive weapon in public.

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A 23-year-old man from Clifton, has been bailed, ahead of his appearance at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on 14 June.

PC Ken Tinley, of Nottinghamshire Police’s knife crime team, said: “Our team exists with the sole aim of targeting suspected weapon-carriers and removing these weapons from our streets.

“On this occasion, we were able to follow up suspicions of criminality and ultimately recover a friction lock baton that we discovered inside a car.

“There is absolutely no excuse for anyone to carry something like this in public – in fact these batons are among a set of offensive weapons that are illegal to be kept in private anywhere in the UK.

“We were pleased that one of the proactive patrols we carry out each day led to the seizure of a weapon in this instance, as well as a charge being authorised against a suspect.”

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