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Two arrested after stop-check uncovered knives and class B drugs 

Officers carrying out stop checks at a number of locations throughout Birmingham city centre yesterday (Thursday 16 November), as part of the on-going pre-planned operation surrounding the Christmas market, arrested two men for drugs and weapons offences.

Two men, aged 24 and 28, were arrested after a quantity of class B drugs and two knives were discovered following a vehicle check. 

Officers found the 28-year-old was wanted in connection with an attack; he was arrested on suspicion of assault, as well as a number of driving offences. He remains in custody and will be questioned later today (Friday 17 November). 

Lafaire Manning, aged 24 from Southfield Road, Edgbaston, was charged with possession of a bladed article in a public place and possession of a controlled substance. He was due to appear at Birmingham Magistrates Court today. 

The vehicle and foot-based patrols in the city centre are aimed at increasing public safety rather than as a result of any specific threat or intelligence.

More than 350 vehicles have been stopped and checked by specialist teams in the city in the last week and this activity will continue over the next few weeks while the market is operating. 

Superintendent Nick Rowe, from the Operations Department, said: “Officers have been stopping vehicles and pedestrians at various locations in the city centre since last Monday. The aim is to detect and deter anyone intent on coming to the city with a criminal intent.”