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Suspected drug dealer pushed e-bike into officer in attempted escape

A suspected drug dealer pushed a bike into a police officer as he tried to escape.

The 24-year-old man made off on an electric off-road bike after being stopped during Operation Guardian patrols in Nottingham city centre.

After being stopped in Woolpack Lane, the suspect tried to ride away but was cut off by officers in a nearby alleyway.

He pushed the bike into a police officer but failed to get away.

Upon being searched, he was found to be in possession of class A drugs and cannabis and subsequently arrested.

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Officers then searched his address and found more drugs as well as knives, a knuckle duster, deal bags and cash in his bedroom.

He was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class A and B drugs, assaulting a police officer and possession of offensive weapons.

He has been released on conditional bail while enquiries continue.

Operation Guardian is now well established in the city centre and is highly successful in tackling drugs and reducing violence which is often associated with drug use and dealing in the night time economy.

It involves a team of officers patrolling the streets of the city, aided by a passive drugs dog, and carrying out stop and search activity, as well as engaging with people enjoying a night out.

Officers took the city centre on Friday last week (28 January) and carried out 19 stop and searches.

Sergeant Graham Whitt, who led the operation, said: “Our activity on Friday night was positively received by members of the public who we engaged with and who were pleased to see us taking positive action to keep them safe.

“Weapons and the production and supply of illegal drugs blights our communities and we will continue to take action against anyone involved in such criminality.”

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