Policewoman, 34, is charged with making explosives and importing weapons after raid on her house
- Zoe Watts, 34, was arrested on Sunday after explosive chemicals found at home
- She was suspended by Lincolnshire Police while the investigation takes place
- The force said Watts charged and will appear before the city’s magistrates’ court
A policewoman has been charged with making explosives and importing weapons after a raid on her house.
Zoe Watts, 34, was arrested on Sunday after chemicals of a potentially explosive nature were found at her home in Lincoln, according to Lincolnshire Police.
The police community support officer (PCSO) has been suspended by the force while the investigation takes place.
Police 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.
Zoe Watts, 34, was arrested on Sunday after chemicals of a potentially explosive nature were found at her home in Lincoln, according to Lincolnshire Police (street pictured)
The force said Watts will appear before the city’s magistrates’ court 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.
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 is asked to call 101, quoting incident 134 of October 4.