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Meat cleaver found during a man’s visit to Nottingham police station


A man has been charged after he was found to be carrying a meat cleaver.

The blade was discovered at around 11.20am on Saturday morning as he made a routine visit to the Bridewell Police Station, in Canal Street, Nottingham.

After he was arrested and searched a small amount of cocaine was also discovered.

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Neil Clarke, 39, of Forest Fields, Nottingham, has been charged with carrying a bladed article and possession of a class A drug.

He has been remanded in custody to appear at Nottingham magistrates’ Court at 9.30am tomorrow (Monday) morning.

Detective Chief Inspector Kim Binns, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Knife crime can have a devastating impact on people’s lives and we are determined to do all we can to stop it.

“Once a blade is taken out onto the street it takes only a single moment of madness for a victim to be killed or seriously wounded, and for a perpetrator to commit an offence that will likely result in a prison sentence.

“That’s why we work so hard throughout the year to proactively target people who carry knives, and to educate and dissuade others from taking such risks in future.”

This latest knife recovery comes at the end of  Operation Sceptre, a national week-long campaign highlighting the work police forces do all year round to tackle knife crime.

Local policing teams across Nottinghamshire have been engaged in numerous local operations and activities throughout the last week to reduce knife crime. Activities have included high-profile patrols with knife arches, searched for hidden weapons public places, knife amnesties, educational activities, and proactive searches of suspects.

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