Lincoln man arrested and hundreds of weapons seized in crackdown

A Lincoln man is one of the latest to be arrested as police crack down on those who carry weapons on the streets.

Lincolnshire Police seized 77 weapons and a further 45 have been handed in to police stations, taking the total to 122.

As part of Operation Raptor, officers have also made more than 100 arrests and carried out eight warrants.

Sebastian White, 26 and from Lincoln, is one of the latest to be arrested and charged with possession of a bladed article after an incident on November 25.

He pleaded guilty at Lincoln Magistrates’ Court and was given a five-month prison sentence suspended for a year as well as a year-long supervision and rehab order.

Police raid at Welton Gardens in Lincoln. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Senior police officers have urged people to hand in their weapons to any of the four main stations in Lincoln, Granthan, Boston, and Skegness.

Superintendent Lee Pache said: “Operation Raptor has made a real impact so far, and the numbers of arrests and weapons seized demonstrate that this is a top priority for us.

“Following on from this excellent start, there is more work to do – and we have a long-term commitment to ensure that offenders are brought to justice and weapons do not fall into the wrong hands.

“Lincolnshire is a safe place to live and we want it to remain that way, so I’d encourage anyone who has information about these offences to contact us so that we can investigate and continue to protect the public.”