Nottinghamshire Police's Operation Reacher off to a great start

Nearly 100 people have been arrested and at least £20,000 worth of drugs have been seized during a successful police operation in Nottinghamshire.

Monday, 26th October 2020, 9:43 am
Nottighamshire Police's Operation Reacher is seeing results

Nottinghamshire Police’s Operation Reacher was launched to try and deter would be criminals across all the county.

During the first two weeks the police have made 94 arrests, including some voluntary interviews, 52 traffic offence reports, seized 26 vehicles including the recovery of six stolen vehicles, executed 37 warrants, seized 25 weapons including nine knives, a sword, three machetes, a knuckle duster and five firearms and recovered more than £80,000 in cash.

On the first week of the launch, class A drugs worth with an estimated value of at least £20,000 were seized after a raid in Nottingham Road, Eastwood.

Chief Constable Craig Guildford, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “I am incredibly impressed with the results we have seen across the county since the launch of our Operation Reacher teams.

“As I have previously mentioned, this is neighbourhood policing with teeth and we have really hit the ground running.

"To see so many arrests, tens of thousands of pounds cash of drugs and nearly £100,000 cash recovered in just two weeks is excellent and demonstrates our commitment to putting resources at the heart of our communities.

"The recovery of weapons including knives and firearms is also very positive and will have an impact in reducing weapon-enabled violence as well as disrupting and dismantling criminal operations.

“Over the next weeks and months people will see a wide range of a proactive work from the teams across Nottinghamshire, including drugs warrants, speeding and nuisance bike operations, weapons sweeps as well as high-visibility patrols, pop-up community engagement events and officers being out and about and getting to know people.”

Paddy Tipping, Police and Crime Commissioner for Nottinghamshire, said: “I’ve been out with the force on several occasions as part of this operation, and it’s very impressive.

"Operation Reacher is getting to the heart of crime, tackling the issues that people have repeatedly told me concern them and making our communities safer.”

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