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Wanted man caught in Nottinghamshire by GPS tag

Police used a GPS tag to track down a wanted man who was then arrested for a string of other offences.

The 20-year-old was wanted on recall to prison after he was deemed to have breached the terms of his licence.

Multiple policing teams worked together to highlight the breaches and zero-in on the suspect’s location after the tag he was wearing revealed he was in Newark.

Operation Reacher

An arrest attempt was then carried out by the Newark and Sherwood Operation Reacher and neighbourhood policing teams on Monday (26 June) afternoon.

After the suspect spotted police arriving and tried to flee from the scene, officers worked in tandem to flush out and detain the man a short while later.

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Following his arrest and recall to prison, further analysis of the GPS tracker he was wearing was carried out, which led to him being linked to multiple other offences in the Newark and Sherwood area too.

As a result of this, the man was additionally arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary, robbery, and causing criminal damage.


Inspector Charlotte Ellam, Nottinghamshire Police’s District Commander for Newark and Sherwood, said: “This was a fantastic piece of policing that involved several of our teams working together to gather the intelligence needed to track down and detain a suspect.

“Officers from our Integrated Offender Management (IOM), Operation Reacher, neighbourhood policing, burglary, and Criminal Investigation Department (CID) teams all played their part in securing this individual’s arrest.

“Thanks to their efforts, we were able to quickly track down a known suspect wanted on recall to prison, who was also then later linked to a number of other outstanding offences as well.

“I’d like to praise all the teams involved in this piece of work, which provided a great example of the tenacity of our officers to leave no stone unturned in their investigations, and their ability to work together to get a positive result.”

Inspector Paul Harris, Tactical Lead at Nottinghamshire Police for IOM and Electronic Monitoring, added: “This is another example of an effective offender management product, augmented by the use of electronic monitoring.

“Nottinghamshire now sits at the forefront of tagging and electronic monitoring.

“We are one of the pilot forces for tagging on licence, as well as a lead in the region for sobriety tagging, and in Europe for the use of remote breathalyser devices.

“It’s gratifying to see that our bold use of technology continues to pay dividends.

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