A wanted man has been arrested thanks to cops testing brand new e-bikes.
Officers were on patrol in Wood Street, Eastwood when they spotted a wanted man on Wednesday October 28 at around 3.15pm.
Using two of the new bicycles, the patrolling officers were able to rush to the wanted suspect and arrest him.
The e-bikes are brand new additions to the Broxtowe Neighborhood Policing team thanks to funding from Safer Streets and are available for officers to use alongside two other e-bikes already in use in the district.
A 39-year-old man was arrested by patrol officers and later charged with two counts of theft from a store.
He appeared in Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on October 29, where he was released on bail to appear again on November 30.
Eastwood is just one of many areas in Nottinghamshire to benefit from a £3million share of Safter Streets funding, secured by the Nottinghamshire Office of Police and Crime Commissioner.
Broxtowe District Commander Inspector Mike Ebbins said: “E-bikes are a great way for us to reduce our carbon footprint, protect the environment while protecting the community, but also allow my officers to target harder to reach areas where a car may struggle.
“This arrest is proof of the effectiveness of the bikes in helping us catch those who break the law and shows the importance and impact Safer Streets funding has on Broxtowe.
“The bikes are a real asset to my teams, they allow us to sneak up on offenders quietly compared to the sound of an engine. It also means that my agents can stay outside longer and travel greater distances than when they are on foot or on a bike.
“The Safer Streets funding allows us to have even more resources and equipment to continue our efforts to fight crime and keep communities safe and I hope this arrest brings reassurance to the communities and residents of Eastwood. and from Broxtowe that we’re working hard to keep doing that.”
Funding from Safer Streets is also being used to fund the installation of CCTV cameras and automatic license plate recognition in Eastwood, as well as parking lot lighting and security upgrades to prevent vehicle crime .
Caroline Henry, Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “E-bikes are a great way for police to get around the community to reassure and respond to crime.
“It’s great to hear that they have already been used by officers to locate and detain a suspect.
“It’s a visible sign that Safer Streets funding is having a tangible impact in Eastwood.”