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Man charged after machete recovered

November 20, 2021
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A man has been charged after officers recovered a machete.

Police stopped a car in Woodhouse Way, Bilborough, and shortly after they discovered and seized the weapon.

Tavelle Brown, 31, of Poyser Close, New Basford, was charged with possession of a bladed article, driving without insurance and driving without a licence.

He was also charged with assault and attempted theft in relation to a shoplifting in West Bridgford on Friday 20 August 2021, during which a member of staff was reportedly pushed over.

He has been released on bail to appear at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday 8 December 2021.

Nottinghamshire Police is currently taking part in a national week of action to shine a spotlight on the good work being done to tackle knife crime.

Operation Sceptre sees the force working with key partners, such as the Violence Reduction Unit, and communities to tackle the issue. The positive action includes weapons sweeps, educational sessions, a knife amnesty as well as stop-and-search activity.

Sergeant Sarah Merrall, from the West Bridgford neighbourhood policing team, said: “We are committed to taking knives and indeed other weapons off the street, and the swift actions of officers meant a machete was seized and is out of circulation.

“Knife-related crime has a devastating impact on people’s lives on all sides, both victims and perpetrators, and the immense harm and upset it can cause within wider communities. This is why we continue to work proactively on any intelligence or reports we receive, and Operation Sceptre is a great opportunity to bolster and shine a spotlight on the work we do year-round.

 “A man has since been charged in relation to this discovery, as well as a shoplifting which we have been investigating in our area.

“We understand the impact these incidents have on business owners and shop workers, particularly as West Bridgford is host to a large number of retail and hospitality outlets. Through engagement and neighbourhood surveys, we also know that this is a priority for them, so a host of both proactive patrols and thorough enquiries take place as part of our work to tackle such incidents.

“Enquiries into both the machete discovery and the shop theft remain ongoing.”

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