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Newark: man throws machete into river following threatening behaviour




A man is thought to have thrown a machete into the River Trent when officers approached him in connection with a knife incident in Newark.

Police were called to Mather Road at around 7.40pm yesterday after a man was reported to have threatened two people while in possession of a machete near to the train station.

Officers were quick to arrive on the scene and located a suspect, who is then believed to have thrown a machete into the River Trent as police moved to speak to him.

Police were called to Mather Road at around 7.40pm yesterday (47706483)
Police were called to Mather Road at around 7.40pm yesterday (47706483)

A 33-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession of a bladed article in a public place and threatening behaviour in connection with the incident.

Once in custody, the man is alleged to have spat at a detention officer. He was subsequently arrested on suspicion of assaulting an emergency worker.

Superintendent Suk Verma, of Nottinghamshire Police, has praised officers for their quick response to the incident.

Supt Verma said: “Response officers did a fantastic job to arrive on the scene within minutes of the call and locate a suspect as part of their initial enquiries.

“While no weapon was recovered, the observation of what is thought to have been a machete being discarded into the River Trent will certainly form part of the investigation into what happened.

“We are committed to ensuring that Nottinghamshire is a safe place to live, work and socialise and we will always take reports of threats of violence and weapons possession very seriously.

“The further report that the suspect spat at an officer while in custody is totally unacceptable and we will be thoroughly investigating this.

“Emergency workers work incredibly hard to protect the public and it is abhorrent to think that anyone would think it is okay to assault those who work to keep us safe.”

Anyone with any information on this incident should contact Nottinghamshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 724 of 29 May 2021.

The arrest comes as a 20-year-old man was arrested after a report of a man making threats while in possession of a machete inside a house in Radford Boulevard on Wednesday 26 May.

Officers investigating the report made an arrest as part of their enquiries into the incident yesterday (Saturday 29 May 2021) morning and the man has been released on bail pending further enquiries.



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