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Revealed: Weapons seized from returning Northern Ireland holidaymakers

Weapons seized from returning Northern Ireland holidaymakers have been revealed.

Knives, batons, knuckledusters, a BB gun and a stun gun disguised as a mobile phone have all been seized by Border Force agents in Belfast.

Some of the items were being brought in by teenagers. 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.

And following the outcome of legal processes, the weapons will be destroyed.

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.”

Anyone with information about activity they suspect may be linked to smuggling should call 0800 59 5000.

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