Kyle /Zoe Watts

Kyle Ashley Jake/Zoe Watts, a male who identifies as a trans woman, was charged at Lincoln Magistrates Court on 7 October, 2020 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. Watts was remanded into custody.

The Daily Mail reports that police had been searching a property in Lincoln over several days. Residents living nearby were evacuated on Sunday 4 October while safety checks were carried out by the Bomb Disposal Squad and only allowed back into their homes just after 4pm. The Lincolnite website reported that police also found what appeared to be a shotgun in a car boot.

Watts 34, was previously a PCSO and has reportedly worked for Lincolnshire Police for 9 years but was suspended by the force while the investigation took place. Watts is also serving as the equalities officer for Lincolnshire Police UNISON.

A provisional trial date in Crown Court was set for 17 May 2021. The six weapons/explosives charges against Watts are reported in The Lincolnite as:

  1. On October 4, 2020 knowingly had in her possession or under her control an explosive substance, namely an Improvised Explosive Device, under such circumstances as to give rise to the reasonable suspicion that she did not have it in her possession or under her control for a lawful object, Contrary to Section 4 (1) of the Explosive Substance Act 1883.
  2. On October 4, 2020 had in her possession a firearm which was disguised as another object, namely a Kelon K95 Stun Gun disguised as a mobile phone, Contrary to Section 5(1A) of the Firearms Act 1968.
  3. On October 4, 2020 had in her possession a firearm which was disguised as another object, namely a taser disguised as a mobile phone, Contrary to Section 5(1A) of the Firearms Act 1968.
  4. On October 4, 2020 had in her possession a weapon adapted for discharge of a noxious liquid, gas or other thing, namely an electric fly swat adapted to discharge an electric current towards another person, Contrary to Section 5 (1) (b) of the Firearms Act 1968.
  5. On September 5, 2020 imported a prohibited weapon, namely a butterfly knife, Contrary to Section 50 (1) and (3) of the Customs and Excise Management Act 1979.
  6. On September 5, 2020 imported a prohibited weapon, namely a butterfly knife, Contrary to Section 50 (1) and (3) of the Customs and Excise Management Act 1979.

Screengrab of Zoe Watts via Lincolnite

Media reports

BBC https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lincolnshire-54447985

Lincolnite https://thelincolnite.co.uk/2020/11/trial-date-set-for-former-lincoln-pcso-over-homemade-explosive-charges/

Lincolnite https://thelincolnite.co.uk/2020/10/transgender-police-woman-found-with-explosives-and-gun-appears-in-court/ archive

Daily Mail https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8814479/Policewoman-34-charged-making-explosives-importing-weapons-raid-house.html

Sky News https://news.sky.com/story/police-worker-charged-with-making-explosive-substance-and-importing-weapons-12098235

Lincolnshire Live https://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/news/lincoln-news/lincoln-bomb-squad-police-charge-4583364