Investigations ongoing after 'very significant' criminal operation discovered in Nottingham

Police vehicles and a cordon picture on Bar Lane, Basford, on Tuesday afternoon (June 25)
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A police cordon remains in place after officers uncovered a "very significant" criminal operation in a Nottingham suburb. This comes as police tracked a suspected stolen car to an industrial unit on Bar Lane, Basford.

A detailed search of surrounding streets began on Monday, June 24, at about 9.15am, when officers were alerted to the vehicle's presence in the Basford area. The car was found shortly after at the industrial unit, along with multiple other vehicles in various states of assembly.

Searches of surrounding buildings also uncovered additional vehicles and parts. Nine men, aged 54, 42, 38, 28, 37, 36, 36, 29 and 25 have been arrested on suspicion of theft and remain in police custody.

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Multiple vehicles were found at a chop shop in various states of assembly
Multiple vehicles were found at a chop shop in various states of assembly -Credit:Nottinghamshire Police

A dog, believed to be an XL Bully, was also seized from one of the units. Investigations at the scene are ongoing, with a vehicle investigation unit, police cars, and a police cordon still at the scene on Tuesday afternoon (June 25).

Detective Chief Inspector Claire Gould, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: "Thanks to some excellent police work we have been able to recover multiple stolen vehicles and disrupt what appears to be a very significant criminal operation. We work closely with other forces across the country to trace stolen vehicles, and this work certainly paid off last night.

"I’m pleased we were able to recover these vehicles and arrest multiple suspects but our investigation into this incident remains ongoing. I therefore urge anyone else with relevant knowledge or information to contact us."

Anyone with additional information is asked to call 101 quoting incident 814 of June 24, 2024.