Border Force seize offensive weapons at Belfast International Airport

01 August 2018

Border Force officers in Belfast have seized a number of weapons from passengers returning from holiday abroad this summer.
Since April this year officers have seized dozens of  weapons including knives, batons, knuckledusters, a BB gun and a stun gun disguised as a mobile phone. The majority were seized from travellers returning from Bulgaria as well as Poland and the US.
John Oldham, Assistant Director Border Force North, said:
“Detections like these demonstrate how Border Force is at the forefront of the fight to protect UK communities and individuals from dangerous or offensive weapons. I would like to pay tribute to my officers for the vigilance they showed in making these seizures, which should serve as a warning to anybody else thinking of bringing such items into the UK.
“These type of weapons glamorise violence and can cause devastating damage — they have no place whatsoever in our society.”

The passengers from whom the weapons were seized ranged from teenagers to adults and the majority had addresses across Northern Ireland. Depending on the specific circumstances of the individual cases, passengers were either given a warning and allowed to continue their journeys or they were referred to partner agencies for further investigation and prosecution where appropriate. Following the outcome of legal processes, the weapons will be destroyed.

Anyone with information about activity they suspect may be linked to smuggling should call the hotline on 0800 59 5000.
1.    Border Force is a law enforcement command within the Home Office responsible for protecting the UK border. Border Force was created in March 2012 after being separated from the UK Border Agency. It is responsible for entry controls and customs functions at the border, including our juxtaposed controls in France and Belgium, covering responsibilities including immigration and security checks, prevention of people trafficking, anti-smuggling of banned and restricted goods including drugs and weapons and protection of border revenue.
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