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Man charged after assault in Grantham street as part of Operation Raptor to appear in court

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A number of men are due to appear in court following arrests made as part of Operation Raptor including a man charged following an assault in a Grantham street.

Michael Bull, 36, of Thistle Drive, Kettering, was charged following an assault in Oxford Street in Grantham on May 15. Further searches were carried out on Bull’s vehicle and address and a Zombie knife was located.

He was charged with possession of an offensive weapon in a public place, possession of an offensive weapon in a private place, grievous bodily harm (GBH), and possession of cocaine. He has been remanded into custody until his hearing at Lincoln Crown Court on Monday (June 20).

Another man has been charged with offences including intent to supply drugs, possession of drugs, and possession of offensive weapons and criminal property will also appear in court on Monday.

Officers from the Lincoln Neighbourhood Policing Team executed a warrant at an address in the south of the city and uncovered £29,620 in cash, around £22k worth of heroin, £400 to £800 of cocaine, what is believed to be a taser, and numerous other offensive weapons. All of those items were seized.

Paul Meenaghan, 43, of Elder Street, Lincoln, was charged and remanded in connection to the warrant. He was charged for possession with intent to supply Class A heroin, possession of Class A cocaine, possession of an offensive weapon in private place, possession of a weapon designed or adapted for the discharge of incapacitating electricity, and possession of criminal property. The warrant was served on May 16, 2022. His next court hearing is Monday at Lincoln Crown Court.

The warrant was executed as part of a week of enforcement for Operation Raptor, the year-round effort to keep the county as safe as possible by targeting weapon-enabled crime.

Police carry out operation to detect weapons at Grantham railway station as part of Operation Raptor

Another man, Michael Morgan, 57, of Bowerdean Road, High Wycombe, was charged with possession of a machete following a vehicle stop check in John Adams Way, Boston on May18. His vehicle was also seized for being driven with no insurance and driving without a valid license. He was bailed to appear at Boston Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, June 22.

There were a further nine arrests made in connection with weapons and drugs offences, and the suspects have been released under investigation while we continue with our enquiries. Another three people also arrested in connection with weapons and drugs offences have been bailed, and a 41-year-old man was given a caution for possession of a knife/ bladed article in a public place following a vehicle stop in Lincoln.

Highlights from the enforcement week:

  • £100k worth of drugs recovered overall
  • More than £31k of cash seized overall
  • A total of 46 weapons seized, including knives, a taser, and baseball bats with screws poking out the end.
  • Carried out 26 stop searches, resulting in seven arrests
  • One car was seized

The enforcement activity was carried out between May 16 and 22, and involved staff and officers from our neighbourhood, response and intelligence teams, Roads Policing Unit (RPU), armed policing, Tactical Search Teams (TST), and dog units, all with the support of Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Crime and Force Control Room. The work carries on year-round.

Superintendent Lee Pache, who leads Operation Raptor, said: “This enforcement across the county has seen resources coming together at all times of day and night, focusing on homes and seizing assets. The impact is significant, with 46 weapons recovered, a vehicle seized, and over a kilogram of drugs found. That’s a significant amount of money, around £100,000 worth of drugs, and it's as a consequence of intelligence-led policing.

"This work will continue. We are going to throw criminals off balance. Operation Raptor is exceptionally important and if it wasn’t for the hard work of our officers, these types of successes just wouldn’t have happened.”

Work is still ongoing for colleagues in CID and forensics who will now continue to work on the cases to help secure a charge with CPS and successful convictions.

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