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Suspect charged after vehicle stop reveals drugs and weapons

Nottinghamshire Police’s proactive knife crime team seized weapons and drugs when they stopped a car in Mansfield. 

The car smelt strongly of cannabis and when officers carried out searches they found a quantity of the Class B drug.

They also seized a set of scales, two lock knives and a baton from the vehicle.

The car was stopped in Booth Crescent, Mansfield, at around 3.50pm yesterday (Wednesday 26 May 2021) and a man was arrested.

A 23-year-old man from Mansfield Woodhouse, has been charged with two counts of possession of a bladed article, possession of an offensive weapon and possession of cannabis.

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He has been released on bail and is due to appear at  Mansfield Magistrates’ Court on 17 June 2021.

The knife crime team doubled in size earlier this year, boosting the force’s capacity to tackle violence and crime and keep people safe by targeting those involved in criminality as well as removing dangerous weapons and drugs from the streets.

The force has been able to swell the ranks of the knife crime team due to being at the forefront of the national police recruitment drive through Operation Uplift, which is recruiting hundreds of extra officers to our front line while also becoming more representative of the communities we serve.

Sergeant Jonny Groves, of the knife crime team, said: “As a force we work hard every single day of the year to reduce violence in our communities and keep people safe.

“Reducing knife crime can’t be achieved through enforcement alone which is why we work so closely with other force teams and our partners, including the Violence Reduction Unit, to engage with people, educate them about the dangers of knife crime, prevent them from carrying knives in the first place and help young people to make better life choices.

“By working together we remain committed to driving down knife crime even further in Nottinghamshire and make it clear that carrying knives on our streets will simply not be tolerated.”

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