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Maryport man admits drugs and weapons crimes

Carlisle Magistrates Court

A court has heard that a Maryport man wore a knuckle duster type ring, “to make him look good”.

Ryan Neil Simpson, 40, of Queen Street, Maryport, appeared from custody at Carlisle Magistrates Court in Rickergate and pleaded guilty to possession of class A drug heroin, possession of class B drug cannabis, and a charge of the possession of an offensive weapon namely; a knuckle duster type ring with 2-points emanating from the ring, an article which had a blade or was sharply pointed namely, two-small knives while on Finkle Street in Workington.

It was said on the afternoon of March 27,  Simpson was seen in a public house in Workington, and he was arrested for the four offences, defence lawyer John Cooper told the court, Simpson said the knives were used for chopping up drugs, for his own personal use.

Prosecutor Pam Fee told the court that an amount of cannabis was found by police in a “pouch in his groin area.”

The court was told that defendant has a significant history of convictions for possession of bladed articles.

Simpson was remanded in custody to appear before a judge at the Crown Court in Carlisle on April 12.

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