Custody Watch: Sub-machine gun suspect arrested in M5 swoop

We’ve got 80 people in our cells at the moment, including a man who’s just been charged with possessing a sub-machine gun.

Officers stopped a car on the M5 between junctions 3 and 4 on Tuesday afternoon (13 Oct) and seized the pistol from a rucksack along with 20 rounds of ammunition.

Ross Braithwaite, from Holloway Lane in Redditch, has been charged with possessing a banned firearm and ammunition.

The 31-year-old appeared in court via video link from the cell block this morning and has been remanded into prison until his next court appearance on 12 November.

Virtual court hearings

We’re increasingly holding ‘virtual’ court appearances with a live link from our custody facility in order to minimise footfall in the courts and to reduce the risk of CoVID-19 infections.

Through the keyhole - Custody Watch is an insight into our latest arrests
Through the keyhole - Custody Watch is an insight into our latest arrests

Another man who’s appeared via video link today is Nathan Preece, of no fixed address, who’s accused of making a hoax bomb threat.

It’s alleged the 23-year-old dialled 999 in the early hours of yesterday morning (14 Oct) from Walsall High Street claiming to be in possession of explosives.

Preece was arrested located on the corner of High Street and Field Road, Bloxwich, and later charged with making a bomb hoax and knife possession.

He ‘appeared’ in court today and was remanded into prison until his next court date on 3 November.

More arrests

Other temporary residents in our cells include a suspected car thief who we found hiding in a Wolverhampton garden yesterday.

The 20-year-old, from Kidderminster, was detained in Church Walk at around 6pm. 

We believe he’d been driving a stolen Seat Altea and tried to car-jack a VW Golf driver in Tettenhall Road earlier in the day.

And our officers picked up a man from his home in Wolverhampton yesterday morning who was wanted by Polish police under a European Arrest Warrant.

The 45-year-old man, from Lodz in Poland, is wanted in connection with a fraud and forgery investigation in his homeland.

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