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Arrests as officers tackle weapon and drugs offences in Mansfield

November 15, 2019
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Five people were arrested and officers seized drugs and a weapon in a proactive policing operation in Mansfield.

Operation Scorpion was held in Mansfield Town centre, Layton Burroughs, Ladybrook and the surrounding areas on Wednesday and yesterday (Thursday) with the intention of reducing, preventing and detecting knife crime along with associated crimes such as drugs and anti-social behaviour.

A passive drugs dog was used in Mansfield town centre during the two-day operation, resulting in 13 people being stopped and searched.

One of the people stopped was a 32-year-old man who had been wanted in connection with a house burglary, so he was arrested and taken to Mansfield custody for further investigation.

Another of those stopped was a 30-year-old man who was warned in for an interview at Mansfield Police Station for possession of cannabis.

Officers also arrested an 18-year-old man on suspicion of taking a motor vehicle without the owner's consent, a 34-year-old man who was wanted for recall to prison for a breach of probation conditions, a 36-year-old woman for failure to attend court and a 29-year-old man on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon and failure to attend court.

Metal detectors were also used by officers to carry out open space searches in locations where weapons are known to have been used or have previously been found. On this occasion no weapons were found.

Sergeant Paul Peatfield, who led the two-day operation, said: "The operation was part of our ongoing efforts to tackle knife crime, drugs and anti-social behaviour and resulted in a number of arrests and high-visibility proactive policing.

"We are pleased to report that no weapons were found within the open space searches however one suspect has been arrested for possession of a bladed article.

"The town centre patrols resulted in excellent community engagement with many positive comments regarding the work officers were doing."

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Man admits drug and knife charges

November 14, 2019
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A 23-year-old man has admitted of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs and possession of a bladed article.

Officers stopped and searched Joseph Holt in Castlewood Grove, Sutton-in-Ashfield, on 15 October, following intelligence that he had drugs on him.

Holt, of no fixed address, was found in possession of 40 wraps of drugs - heroin and cocaine - hidden in his socks and underwear, as well as a quantity of cannabis and a kitchen knife.

He pleaded guilty to two offences of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs, possession of Class B drugs and possession of a bladed article at Nottingham Crown Court today (Thursday 14 November).

Holt was remanded in custody to appear at the same court for sentencing on 12 December.

PC James Waite, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: "Controlled drugs are a blight on our communities and as a result of Holt's arrest, a significant quantity has been removed from the streets of Nottinghamshire. The fact that he was also in possession of a knife without good reason shows that it is a very dangerous thing to get involved in. Knives carried in public do nothing but pose a threat to members of the public and have the potential to cause serious injury.

"Holt's arrest was a result of excellent communication by local neighbourhood officers who successfully located and detained him despite him trying to evade arrest by making off from them.

"Nottinghamshire Police will continue to locate and prosecute those who seek to deal drugs, and ensure they face justice. I am pleased that Holt will have to face the consequences of his actions and hope this sends a message that drug supply and knife possession will not be tolerated in Nottinghamshire."

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Two charged in connection with murder investigation

November 7, 2019
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Two men will appear before magistrates in Mansfield tomorrow in connection with a murder investigation.

Connor Sharman, 21, of no fixed address, has been charged with the murder of Mr Ross Ball in Langton Road, Sutton-in-Ashfield on Friday 1 November 2019.

Adam Collins, 35, of Forest Road, Sutton-in-Ashfield, has been charged with assisting an offender. 

Four other men, two aged 24 and two aged 20, remain in police custody after each being arrested on suspicion of murder over the course of yesterday (6 November) and today (7 November).

Previously, a further two people were arrested as part of the investigation. One, a 42-year-old man, has been released under investigation while the other, a 31-year-old man, has been released on police bail.

Officers continue to appeal for any information from witnesses and anyone who may have been in the area at the time.

Detective Inspector Becky Hodgman, who is leading the investigation, said: “We continue to work hard to get to the bottom of the incident and we are still encouraging anyone who has any information to come forward. Even the smallest detail could prove to be vital to this case."

Anyone who has any information about the incident is asked to contact Nottinghamshire Police either by the portal, via Crimestoppers, or by calling 101 and quoting incident number 980 of 1 November 2019.

The force has opened up a 'Major Incident Public Portal' which allows members of the public to click a link and anonymously upload dash-cam footage, upload any pictures they may have taken from their mobile phones or pass on any information they have following the incident.

To access the portal please visit: https://mipp.police.uk/operation/33EM19E04-PO1

You can also report any information through calling Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Man convicted of stabbing two people in street

November 7, 2019
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A 19-year-old man has been convicted of stabbing two people in the street following an argument with a woman in a nightclub.

Judah Chilink, of Ryehill Close, The Meadows, left a 19-year-old man fighting for his life and a 24-year-old man needing stitches after the attack.

However, he was found not guilty of wounding three other people - two men aged 24 and 23 and a 20-year-old woman - who also received hospital treatment for knife injuries.

The incident happened in Lower Parliament Street a short time after a fracas inside Pryzm nightclub, when Chilink had barged past a woman and knocked her to the floor while she was dancing.

The woman got to her feet and challenged him but he then told her he had a knife and threatened her. 

He also told her his name repeatedly and told her to look him up to see who he was and showed her a picture of himself wearing a balaclava and holding a knife.

Chilink then walked away and the woman didn't see him again until she left the club when there was "chaos", with Chilink involved in a fight with a number of people outside.

A total of five people suffered knife injuries in a fracas which started on a traffic island outside the club and continued outside the Marmaris takeaway, at 3.49am on Monday 6 May 2019. 

Mobile phone footage of part of the attack, which was shared on Snapchat, was shown to the jury at Nottingham Crown Court. It showed Chilink waving a knife and lunging as people screamed in terror and one of his victims lay injured on the floor.

The most badly injured victim, a 19-year-old man, was stabbed in the stomach. During initial surgery at hospital he required 22 pints of blood and he later required emergency surgery following complications and stopped breathing and required resuscitation.

Chilink tried to escape in a taxi following the incident but was refused a ride by the taxi driver and then fled on foot. Officers were quickly on the scene and detained him nearby.

Chilink was found guilty of wounding with intent against the most badly injured man, wounding another man and possession of a bladed article following a trial at Nottingham Crown Court, which concluded today (Thursday 7 November). However, he was found not guilty of wounding against three other people.

He was remanded in custody for sentencing at the same court on 16 December.

Detective Constable James Hirst, who led the investigation, said: "It was a terrifying incident that resulted in a number of serious injuries, including one young man who was left fighting for his life. Fortunately he survived but this could have easily cost that young man his life and Chilink would have been facing even more serious charges today.

"I'd like to thank the members of public and community paramedics from Pryzm nightclub who provided immediate first aid to the victims. 

"Carrying a knife is never acceptable and this incident is a clear example of why we try so hard to prevent knife crime. Five people were hurt and dozens who witnessed the attack will no doubt be fearful when they go out because of the mental impact. And of course Chilink is now facing a lengthy time in prison.

"Nottinghamshire Police treats knife crime extremely seriously and has a range of measures from enforcement with the dedicated Knife Crime Team to education through Schools and Early Intervention Officers. 

"Knife crime has reduced by 8.7% in Nottinghamshire over the last year but incidents like this show that one incident is one too many and we must continue to work with our partners and the community to stop people carrying knives."

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Four arrests following disturbance in Sneinton

November 6, 2019
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Four men have been arrested on suspicion of affray following a disturbance at a property in Sneinton.

Two of the men have been taken to hospital with stab wounds and while neither are believed to be life-threatening or life-altering, one of the men's injuries is described as serious.

The incident happened in Colwick Road at around 1.55pm today (Wednesday 6 November).

Detective Inspector Kim Binns, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: "Officers were quickly deployed to the area and made four arrests and are currently making enquiries nearby.

"We believe the incident was a targeted attack which may be linked to an earlier assault in Sneinton, where a man was punched and kicked.

"We will be questioning the men in custody but in the meantime I would urge anyone who witnessed the incident, or has CCTV or dash-cam footage of anything that could help the enquiry, to call us on 101 quoting incident number 441 of 6 November 2019."

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Man charged with possession of bladed article

November 5, 2019
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A 47-year-old man has been charged with possession of a bladed article following an incident in Warsop.

Rosu Valeriu, of Watson Street, Warsop, will appear at Mansfield Magistrates' Court on 26 November.

It comes after police responded to a report of men fighting in Watson Street at 11.50am on Sunday (3 November 2019).

A 42-year-old man who was also arrested in connection with the incident has been released with no further action.

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Man arrested following report of threats with weapon

November 5, 2019
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A 44-year-old man has been arrested following a report of threats being made with a weapon following a confrontation in the street.

A man was reported to have confronted builders when he couldn't get past their van near the Star Inn, in Middle Street, Beeston, at 2.06pm yesterday (Monday 4 November). Threats were made with what is believed to be a knife before he left.

Officers were quickly on the scene and arrested a man on suspicion of using threatening behaviour causing fear of violence and possession of a sharply pointed object.

Anyone who witnessed the incident is urged to contact Nottinghamshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 444 of 4 November 2019, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Boy arrested following knife incident

October 22, 2019
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A 15-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of affray and possession of a bladed article.

It comes after a report that a 56-year-old man had a kitchen knife pulled out on him after he refused a request for a cigarette in Westwick Road, Bilborough, at 7.30pm yesterday (Monday 21 October). He walked off and was not injured in the incident.

Officers were quickly on the scene and stopped and searched a boy nearby and recovered a knife. He was arrested and remains in police custody in connection with the incident.

Enquiries are continuing any anyone who witnessed the incident is urged to contact Nottinghamshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 745 of 21 October 2019, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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