Warrants were executed at addresses across Lincoln this morning (4 November) as part of Operation Raptor, our dedicated campaign to tackle weapons offences.
Three people: a man in his 30s, and two women, one aged in her 20s and another aged in her 50s, were arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of controlled drugs. A number of weapons were also seized.
It was the latest action in an intelligence-led intensification campaign which has so far seen more than 30 people arrested and over 30 weapons seized including knives, guns and baseball bats.
The action is targeted in Lincoln, Gainsborough, Sleaford, Grantham and surrounding areas.
Over the coming weeks we will be taking further robust action to tackle offenders, while our Neighbourhood Policing Teams will be engaging with schools and communities to provide education on the dangers and potential consequences of carrying weapons.
Superintendent Lee Pache said: “Offences involving weapons can have, and have had, a devastating impact on individuals, families and communities.
“Lincolnshire is a safe county and we want it to remain that way. We’re determined to take weapons off the streets and protect the public, while also encouraging people to report offences to us and working with communities to inform them on the dangers of these types of crimes.
“Our message is simple: we will take action to make sure weapons are not in the hands of criminals, and continue to keep people safe.”
While Lincolnshire remains one of the safest counties to live in the country, there has been a rise locally in weapons offences. This reflects a broader national increase.
For instance, figures published last month showed that the average number of incidents per 100,000 people in Lincolnshire involving knives stood at 35 - a 15 per cent increase, year-on-year.
In England and Wales during the year to June 2019, there was a 16 per cent increase in possession of weapons offences.
As part of Operation Raptor, we are also launching a weapon surrender from today (November 4), in which members of the public can hand in weapons including knives and firearms to the county’s four main police stations.
Over the next few weeks our Licensing Team will complete test purchasing at various stores in the west area, and use specially-designed ‘wands’ to check for weapons among those attending bars and nightclubs.
We will be regularly publishing updates on Operation Raptor on our News Centre – you can also find updates on social media under #OpRaptorLincs
Image one: Three machetes found as part of a search in connection with an investigation into drugs supply. Two men in their 40s, one of no fixed address and the other from south Lincolnshire, were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply.
Image two: A 13-year-old was arrested in Grantham, on October 23, on suspicion of possessing a weapon. He has been released under investigation.
Image three: Officers executing a warrant at a property in Lincoln, this morning.
04 Nov 19 3:16 PM