February 24, 2020 4.01 pm This story is over 50 months old

Trial date set for Lincoln man facing explosives charges

He appeared in court on Monday, February 24

A provisional trial date has been set for a 49-year-old Lincoln man charged in connection with the discovery of explosives in a city centre flat.

Calvin Gatford of Clasketgate was previously charged with possessing an explosive substance for an unlawful purpose after bomb squads raided a flat in the area on Thursday, February 13.

Lincolnshire Police said at the time that they “do not believe this is linked to terrorism”.

Photo: Connor Creaghan for The Lincolnite

Gatford was initially remanded in custody to appear at Lincoln Magistrates’ Court on Monday, February 24.

No pleas were taken during Monday’s hearing and Gatford was remanded back into custody to appear at Lincoln Crown Court for a trial, which has been provisionally set for March 23, but this date could change.

The flat on Clasketgate was previously evacuated and cordoned off by police. A police tactical support team van also attended the scene and a masked officer from the bomb disposal unit was seen running into the building.

A man was then arrested at the scene, as investigators confirmed they had discovered what they believed at the time to be small improvised explosives.