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Op Scorpion: Weapons and drugs seized during targeted operation

June 10, 2019
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A 17-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class A drugs as part of an operation to reduce weapon-enabled crime.

The teenager was detained following a short foot chase after he was seen running away from officers who had received a report of someone selling drugs in the Layton Burroughs area at around 9.50pm on Saturday (8 June).

Officers recovered 13 wraps of what is thought to be heroin and 16 bags of what is believed to be crack cocaine, which was seen to be discarded during the chase. They also recovered cannabis during a search.

As a result of the arrest, a warrant was then executed at a property in Mansfield and a further quantity of drugs was recovered and offensive weapons, including a police-style asp, a commando knife, CS spray and a face mask.

He was questioned by officers and released under investigation while further enquiries are carried out.

Officers also carried out community engagement and weapons sweeps in the Layton Burroughs area on Saturday in a day of action as part of Operation Scorpion, an ongoing, force-wide operation to tackle weapon-enabled crime.

A large adapted hunting knife was found hidden in the Noel Street area as part of the weapons sweep.

Officers also carried out patrols and some stop and search activity.

A metal detector was also set up outside two Mansfield pubs on Saturday evening.

A total of 525 people walked through it as a condition of entry to the Swan and the Green Dragon pubs. Officers found a lock knife in the area, which they believe may have been discarded by someone not wishing to be identified by the metal detector.

Inspector Nick Butler, Neighbourhood Inspector for Mansfield, said: “Layton Burroughs is now our community safety priority for the Mansfield District and we are fortunate to have additional specialist resources now targeting the area on a daily basis.

"As well as a significant arrest, Saturday's operation led to the recovery of weapons and drugs and gave a clear indication that we take the use of weapons and drugs supply seriously.

"Several residents thanked officers for the work they had done in the area and I'd like to thank residents for their support.

"Intelligence is vital in ridding our streets of weapons and drugs so I would urge anyone who has concerns to report them on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

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