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Suspect charged after concerns for man’s welfare in Nottinghamshire village

Police arrested a man and evacuated a number of people from their homes following an incident yesterday evening.

Police have charged a suspect after a small number of residents were evacuated following concerns for a man’s safety.

Officers were called to an address in Newton’s Lane, Cossall, yesterday afternoon (Monday 6 February 2023).

An area was cordoned off while the incident was being dealt with, and a small number of residents were briefly evacuated from their homes and taken to a community centre as a precaution.

Following inquiries, a man was safely detained and arrested nearby, at around 5.50pm, on suspicion of possessing an offensive weapon.

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The incident was safely resolved, and residents were able to return to their homes.

Ashley Bates, aged 38, of Newton’s Lane, Cossall, has been charged with possession of an offensive weapon in a public place. He was subsequently released on bail and is due to appear at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on 16 March 2023.

Temporary Inspector Iain Blackstock, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “I’d like to thank residents for their patience and understanding while we carried out our work to resolve the incident safely.

“While a suspect has now been charged, our inquiries are continuing and we’d urge anyone with information which may assist us with our investigation to call Nottinghamshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 541 of 6 February 2023.”

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