A sword, an axe and a set of knives were seized from a passenger at Belfast airport earlier this month, it has emerged.

Airport news for Belfast,Travel on 17/05/2012.

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A sword, an axe and a set of knives were seized from a passenger at Belfast airport earlier this month, it has emerged.

Recent reports said that the weapons were taken to Belfast International Airport on 9 May by a 22-year-old female from County Armagh. She had travelled via London from the United States and the weapons were found in her luggage by customs officials, who fined and cautioned the woman.

According to the UK Border Force, enquires into the matter are ongoing.

Security officials at Belfast International have reportedly also seized a pair of replica pistols in addition to more than 60kgs of hand rolling tobacco and more than 150,000 cigarettes from travellers since 1 May.

John Spence said on behalf of the Border Force’s Belfast International Airport division that despite the fact that travellers are able to buy weapons and knives in other countries that it was still illegal to bring them into Northern Ireland from overseas. He said that his organisation was “determined” to stop lethal weapons from reaching the country’s streets and added that being ignorant of the law was not a defence.

Mr Spence warned that anyone trying to smuggle such contraband will have the items seized and may face prosecution.

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