POLICE today seized a £100,000 haul of weapons including samurai swords, broadswords, axes, daggers and knives in a raid on a city centre business.
Six officers took part in this morning’s operation, which saw around 1000 weapons recovered from the premises.
The swoop was carried out as part of an intelligence-led operation to identify businesses selling weapons without necessary permission.
A 45-year-old woman has been charged for alleged licensing offences and will now be reported to the procurator fiscal.
The potential retail value of the seized weapons is around £100,000.
All of the items, which were removed today, will now be destroyed.
Inspector Alun Williams, from the Central Policing Team in Edinburgh, said: “Knives and other bladed articles can have a devastating impact on our communities and Police Scotland is committed to keeping people safe by removing dangerous weapons from our streets.
“If and when we identify businesses or individuals believed to be selling weapons without an appropriate licence, we will respond accordingly to seize these items and cease their trading of such goods.
“Violent crime, including knife and weapon offences will not be tolerated and anyone found to be involved in the inappropriate supply, or indeed, the use of such items will be robustly dealt with.”