Warrants executed in relation to illegal importation of weapons

Packages containing pepper spray intercepted by border agencies
Packages containing pepper spray intercepted by border agencies

Officers from Leicestershire Police have executed three warrants today (Tuesday February 18) in relation to the illegal importation of weapons in to the UK.

Two addresses in Leicester and an address in Stony Stanton were visited by officers and two men, aged 31 and 30, are currently being interviewed by officers and remain in police custody.

The operation was as a result of information received from the Border Force after they intercepted international packages due to be delivered to various addresses in the county.

The packages contained pepper spray which is classed as firearms.

Detective Chief Inspector Natalee Wignall said:

“There has been a significant rise in the number of referrals we are receiving from the border authorities in relation to illegal items being imported into the country.
“With the assistance of agencies such as Border Force operations such as this will continue and anyone who is believed to have been involved in the importation of firearms will be identified, arrested and put before the courts.

“One such recent court case saw Ruth Marie Lawrence (44) of Telford Way, Thurnby Lodge being sentenced to six months in prison, suspended for a year, after she pleaded guilty to two counts of possessing a prohibited weapon. Customs officers intercepted a parcel containing an illegal stun gun she had purchased on the internet.
“The addresses visited are not believed to be linked to each other but our enquiries are ongoing and if anyone has any information which may assist our investigation they are urged to come forward. Please be assured that any calls received will be treated in confidence however if anyone wishes to remain anonymous they can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

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