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Police arrested a man and recovered quantities of suspected Class A and B drugs after executing a warrant in Netherfield this morning (Friday 1 May 2020).

The warrant, at a property on Shaw Gardens, is the latest carried out in the area as part of an ongoing proactive drugs operation – ‘Operation Thistle’ – tackling the issue of drug supply which has been raised by the local community as being a main concern for them.

A 43-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class A and B drugs and on suspicion of vehicle interference during today’s warrant.

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It comes after five previous Operation Thistle warrants carried out over the last five months:

• Last month a 26-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a Class B drug and a quantity of cannabis was recovered during a warrant at an address on Dunstan Street, Netherfield. The suspect was subsequently released under investigation.

• On 24 March 2020 three men aged in their 20s were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs and Class A drugs and knives were also recovered during a warrant at an address on Victoria Road, Netherfield. The suspects were subsequently released under investigation.

• On 1 March 2020 two men were arrested on suspicion of theft of motor vehicle after three stolen vans were recovered during a warrant at an address on the Colwick Industrial Estate. The suspects were subsequently released under investigation.

• On 14 January 2020 a 25-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of cultivation of cannabis after a cannabis grow was recovered during a warrant at an address on Colwick Road, Nottingham. The suspect was subsequently released under investigation.

• On 17 December 2019 a 42-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of cultivation of cannabis and a quantity of cannabis was recovered during a warrant at an address on Bourne Mews, Netherfield. The suspect was subsequently charged and admitted to the offence in court. He is currently awaiting sentencing.

Inspector Chris Pearson, Neighbourhood Policing Inspector responsible for local policing in the Gedling borough area, said: “Today’s enforcement activity was part of our ongoing proactive work to tackle drug use and supply in the Netherfield area, an issue we have made a priority after listening to residents’ concerns.

“The Gedling Neighbourhoods Policing Team, supported by our proactive ‘Operation Reacher’ team, are committed to continuing this work to reduce drug-related crime and take robust action in response to community concerns such as drug-related crime.

“We have carried out a number of successful warrants to date, on the back of information received from members of the public, and I’d encourage anyone with any concerns about drug use and supply in their area to please report it to us.

“Information we receive is always carefully assessed and prioritised. In some cases we can act immediately, while in other cases the information we receive has to be developed before we can take action.

“Drugs ruin lives and are often the catalyst for more serious and violent crimes, which can have a huge impact on local communities.

“We are constantly working behind the scenes to gather information about those who may be involved in drug supply and we remain committed to continuing our proactive work to target offenders who are causing misery in our communities and bringing them to justice.”

If you have any concerns or see anything suspicious in your area, please do not hesitate to contact Nottinghamshire Police on 101 or 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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