Female police worker charged with making explosives and importing weapons

A female police worker has been charged with making explosives and importing weapons after a raid was conducted on her home.

Zoe Watts, 34, has been charged with importing banned weapons and potentially explosive chemicals.

The police worker's house was raided by the bomb disposal unit in Lincoln.

Watts was arrested on Sunday, October 4 after police and the army bomb team were called to an address on Lincoln Street.

Nearby houses were also evacuated on Sunday, reports Lincolnshire Live.

She is 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.

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Watts appeared at Lincoln Magistrates' Court on Wednesday, October 7, and was remanded in custody to go before officials again on Friday.

Watts, who served as a PCSO with the Bracebridge Lowfields Neighbourhood Policing Team and is a serving member of Lincolnshire Police staff, has been suspended while criminal proceedings and an investigation takes place.

Police said a number of weapons have been recovered along with chemicals of a potentially explosive nature.

Residents previously told Lincolnshire Live about how the drama unfolded on Sunday.

One woman said: "There was a knock on the door and we were asked to pack a bag asap.

"The police said we would probably be put overnight but shortly afterwards they said we could go back on.

"It’s not something you’d expect on a Sunday afternoon, especially in a normally quiet street."

Another resident said there had been some strange activity in the morning.

They said: "There was some strange activity this morning. There was a van, a fire engine and a car. We went out and got back at 1.30pm and the cordon was up around three houses.

"Those houses and houses either side were evacuated first. Police said there was nothing to worry about but that they couldn’t tell us what it was.

"Then at 2.30pm the police knocked on every house in the street and asked people to leave."

Another householder said: "We were just about to have Sunday dinner when there was a knock at the door and we were told to get out.

"The entire street was evacuated.”

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