Gainsborough and Sudbrooke arrests as police seize 450 offensive weapons

Published on 28 December 2023, by Gainsboroughlive | No comments yet |

Two men have been arrested as part of a police crackdown on offensive weapons, which has seen a total of 450 weapons seized over three months. The weapons included knives, knuckle dusters, and air guns resembling real firearms.

Officers from Lincolnshire Police executed a warrant in Wheeldon Street in Gainsborough on December 21, where 50 weapons were discovered. A spokesperson for the force said they included flick knives, an air gun that looked like a Smith & Weston, an air rifle, knuckle dusters, and a throwing-style knife.

A 43-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession of offensive weapons in a private place and has been released on bail with conditions not to own, import or sell any of them. The warrant followed a similar raid in October, where officers seized 300 knives from a home in Gainsborough.

There, a 43-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of manufacturing offensive weapons, possessing an offensive weapon in a public place, and possessing an offensive weapon in a private place. He has been released on police bail, with conditions not to possess any weapons made or adapted, nor to sell or import any.

In early December, more than 100 air guns and pieces of ammunition were discovered in a Sudbrooke home. They were alleged to have been sold online illegally, and a 45-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of acting as a firearms dealer without a licence. Items seized included air rifles, air pistols, ammunition and other accessories. A force spokesperson said: “More than 100 weapons and pieces of ammunition were seized and a 45-year-old man was arrested in Sudbrooke.

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