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Newark: Cotgrave officers search various locations as part of weapon sweep

Officers searched various locations as part of a weapon sweep.

The Cotgrave neighbourhood team spent time visiting areas on the back of local intelligence that suggested where weapons may have been hidden.

Pc Paul Henson said: "Throughout the weekend we spent time in Cotgrave looking for weapons hidden in the area.

An officer conducting the weapon sweep. (43155470)
An officer conducting the weapon sweep. (43155470)

"In this instance no weapons were found during the search, but it was still a worthwhile exercise.

"We spent time engaging with local residents and explained to them our work as part of Operation Sceptre, whilst offering them reassurance.

"We know people hide weapons in public places such as parks to minimise their chances of being caught in possession of a weapon if they encounter the police.

"That’s why we want to work with our communities, not just during Operation Sceptre but all year round, to show people who carry and use knives and weapons that as a community, we won’t tolerate this.

"We all need to work together to combat knife crime and we’re urging anyone with information on knife crime in their local community to call Nottinghamshire Police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. In an emergency, always dial 999.”

Operation Sceptre, which happened last week, is a week of action aimed to tackle knife crime. It is just a snapshot of the ongoing year-round work being carried out to combat knife crime in Nottinghamshire which involves police, partners and local communities all working together.

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