Spalding

Man charged over Spalding firearms incident

Police have charged and named a 21-year-old man over a firearms incident in Spalding yesterday.

Kacper Malkiewicz, of Cross Street, has been charged with two counts of possessing an imitation firearm in a public place.

He has been bailed to appear in Boston Magistrates Court on June 19.

Three other men who were arrested yesterday in connection with the incident have been released without charge.

As previously reported, a man was reported to police at 9.32am on Monday, May 13 suspected of carrying a gun in his back pocket.

Officers closed off the A151 Winsover Road to investigate the reports. The road has since been reopened.

Spalding Inspector Gareth Boxall said: “As a result of this report, Lincolnshire Police firearms officers contained and searched a premises on Winsover Road.

“We arrested four men from the location and recovered an imitation firearm.  Whilst I appreciate that this must have been worrying for residents of Spalding, I ask that people keep in mind that the weapon located was an imitation firearm.

“We had no way of knowing at the time of the report whether this a real firearm which is why we took the matter so seriously, deployed specialist officers to the scene and closed the area.

“I am sorry for the inconvenience that this may have caused, but when we deal with these types of incident, our number one priority is keeping everyone safe.

“I hope that residents are reassured that we take these matters so seriously and the good news is that we have taken another weapon off the streets which looked like a viable firearm and have charged a man for its possession.”