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Teenager charged after carrying machete in a Beeston street

Nottinghamshire Police’s determination to crack down on knife crime and protect the public was shown after officers arrested a suspect within minutes of a report of a man carrying a machete in a street.

Officers were called to the Clifford Avenue area of Beeston, shortly before 2pm yesterday (Wednesday 7 December 2022), after reports of suspicious activity.

Police were on scene within minutes and after searching the area they arrested a suspect nearby and recovered a machete.

A 17-year-old boy, who can’t be named for legal reasons, has been charged with possession of an offensive weapon in a public place and possession of cannabis. He is due to appear at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on 21 December 2022.

The arrest and charge is the latest example of the force’s constant drive to reduce knife crime and protect people from harm in our communities.

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A spotlight was shone on this ongoing work during the recent national Operation Sceptre which provided a snapshot on the range of preventative work taking place every day to tackle knife crime involving police, partners and the local community.

Sergeant Heather Harding, of the Beeston Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “Our message to those who carry a knife, or who are thinking of carrying one, is that you will be arrested and are very likely to be charged with a crime.

“Not only that but carrying a knife can put you in dangerous situations and at more at risk of getting seriously injured yourself. It does not protect you – it only increases your vulnerability.

“Knives destroy lives, affecting you, and those around you.

“Every blade we seize is one less dangerous weapon that can be used to cause serious harm or injury – potentially resulting in someone’s life being lost.

“We all need to work together to combat knife crime and we’re urging anyone with information on knife crime in their local community to call Nottinghamshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. In an emergency, always dial 999.”

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