Police worker charged with making explosive substance and importing weapons
Written by on 7 October 2020
A former police community support officer (PCSO) has been charged after a number of weapons as well as chemicals of a potentially explosive nature were found at a house in Lincoln.
Police said Zoe Watts, who is now a serving staff member at the force, was arrested on Sunday.
She was remanded in custody and is due to appear at Lincoln Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday charged with one count of importing prohibited weapons with intent to evade a prohibition or restriction and one count of making an explosive substance for an unlawful purpose.
The 34-year-old has been suspended while criminal proceedings and an investigation take place.
Officers said searches at the property in St Helen’s Avenue, Lincoln, have been ongoing since Sunday and are likely to continue over the next couple of days.
Assistant Chief Constable Kerrin Wilson said: “We know that this is an unusual and worrying incident which will concern our communities.
“We within Lincolnshire Police share these feelings and, although this relates to someone who works for the force, we will investigate this meticulously without fear or favour.
“Since the initial incident on Sunday, our number one priority has been the safety of the public, and I’d like to thank local residents for their understanding while our searches at the property continue – it really is appreciated.
“Please be mindful that, as a person has now been charged with offences, this is an active investigation, which means that engaging in rumour and speculation – especially on any public platforms such as social media – can have a detrimental effect on any potential court proceedings.
“I fully understand that people will wish to be kept informed and we will continue to release as much detail as we can, as soon as we can.”
Anyone with information can call 101, quoting incident 134 of 4 October, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.