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Police recover machete in Grantham as part of Operation Raptor




A machete has been recovered during a raid in Grantham and three people arrested on suspicion of supplying Class A drugs.

More than 200 arrests have now been made as part of Operation Raptor, a dedicated campaign to tackle weapons offences in Lincolnshire.

Weapons have been seized and arrests made by officers who executed warrants at various locations across the county in the past week.

A machete seized in Grantham as part of Operation Raptor. (31392438)
A machete seized in Grantham as part of Operation Raptor. (31392438)

The three people arrested on suspicion of supplying Class A drugs were a woman aged 29 and two men, aged 21 and 32. They have all since been released on bail.

The latest warrants bring the total number of weapons seized since Raptor’s launch, in October, to more than 150. This includes knives and firearms, while dozens more were handed in at police stations by members of the public, during our weapons surrender.

In recent months police have seized other weapons in Grantham, including a samurai sword, and made further arrests.

Following success in the west of the county, Raptor has been extended to all of Lincolnshire.

Detective Chief Inspector Sep Myers said: “We have taken strong action against offenders across the county and will continue to do so.

“Our focus is to reduce violent crime, protect and safeguards victims, and bring to justice those responsible for these crimes.

“Every weapon off the streets makes Lincolnshire an even safer place to live, which is why this is an ongoing campaign.

“We will work tirelessly to combat this issue, and to provide the best service possible to the people of our county.”

Operation Raptor is a targeted campaign which combines enforcement with education to tackle the issue of weapons in the county.

Since its launch, neighbourhood policing teams have worked with schools to educate on the dangers of carrying weapons, while the licensing team has carried out weapons testing at various clubs and bars across the county.


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