Six arrests and four knives recovered in busy two hours for police officers

West Midlands Police made six arrests, seized four cars and recovered four knives in the space of two hours on a busy night patrol.


The traffic patrols team's busy night on Monday started at around 10pm when a car linked to firearms discharge last week was spotted on the roads – and pulled over by armed police in Burnt Tree, in Dudley.

The Nissan Qashqai was confirmed as stolen and running on cloned plates while more false number plates, a large machete and around 50 wraps of suspected Class A drugs were found inside.

Two men – the 51-year-old driver and 19-year-old passenger – were both arrested on suspicion of possessing an offensive weapon, car theft and drugs possession.

Around 30 minutes later a patrol unit spotted a VW Golf in Frobisher Road, in Smethwick, that was believed to have been involved in a car-jacking in the early hours of Monday in Winson Green.

The driver sped away and jumped a red light before the car was abandoned and a 35-year-old man was chased down in Oldbury Road and arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving, failing to stop for police and car theft.

West Midlands Police's roads policing team were involved in another pursuit at 11.30pm when a Ford Eco Sport stolen in Selly Oak on Sunday was seen in Netherton. It was stopped in Dawlish Road and a 15-year-old boy detained following a brief chase.

He was arrested on suspicion of car theft, failing to stop for police and possessing an offensive weapon after two knives were recovered.

And just before midnight officers responded to reports of a burglary in Oundle Road, in Kingstanding, where offenders had smashed a window of an address being used to cultivate cannabis.

Officers pursued a Vauxhall van seen making off and followed for a few minutes before it was dumped in Warwick Road and the occupants ran off.

A 24-year-old man was chased into Darnick Road and arrested in a garden and another man, aged 25, was detained in Jockey Road having been found hiding behind a shed. A large machete was recovered from the vehicle which was found to be on cloned plates.

They have both been arrested on suspicion of burglary and car theft.

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