Man and woman arrested after armed police stop car in New Parks

A man and a woman were arrested on suspicion of drug offences after armed police stopped a car on a city estate this evening.

Eyewitnesses reported seeing armed officers surrounding a black vehicle in Dominion Road, on Leicester’s New Parks estate. at about 5.30pm today, Thursday January 14.

The incident happened close to the Tesco Express store.

One onlooker, who did not want to be named, said that he saw three people – including a woman – sitting inside the car as officers shone a flashlight inside the vehicle.

“The police were armed but I couldn’t see them drawing any weapons,” he said. “There were three people, including a woman, sitting in the car.

“There was no sign of the driver and officers appeared to be shining a torch into the vehicle as if they were looking for something.”

The road, which is on the main bus route between New Parks and the city centre, was closed between the inner ring road, New Parks Way, and the Liberty Road turn.

A number of police are at the scene in Dominion Road

Buses and other traffic was parked in the road, with tailbacks developing in the area, as they waited for the police cordon to be lifted.

The road was eventually reopened shortly before 7pm.

A spokeswoman for Leicestershire Police confirmed that two people were arrested at the scene.

“Two people have been arrested after a vehicle was stopped by police in the Leicester area earlier today,” she said. “The arrests took place shortly before 5pm today (14 January) when a vehicle was stopped in Dominion Road.

“Two people, a man and a woman, were arrested on suspicion of drug offences and remain in police custody while inquiries continue.”

Police parked near the vehicle stopped in Dominion Road

She added: “In the interest of officer and public safety, armed officers were in attendance to support the arrest.

“Dominion Road was closed for a short time while officers responded at the scene and has since been reopened.”

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