Hundreds of offensive weapons seized at airport

Customs officers have seized the largest ever single consignment of “potentially offensive weapons” destined for Northern Ireland.

Swords, knives, death stars, machetes and bladed knuckle-dusters were just some of the 338 weapons seized by officers on Thursday in a consignment which arrived in Northern Ireland on a flight from New Jersey in the US.

Commenting on the seizure, Customs’ Head of Anti-smuggling Northern Ireland Colin McAllister said: “It is Customs’ responsibility to prevent the entry of all manner of weapons into the country as part of our ongoing activity to monitor freight entering through our ports and airports.

“This operation has stopped a substantial amount of potentially harmful weapons reaching our streets and is the largest single consignment of offensive weapons we have ever seized entering Northern Ireland.”


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