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Man found with knife in Whitehaven is handed six-month jail term

Carlisle Crown Court

A MAN who carried a knife near a Cumbrian town centre has been jailed for six months.

Lee Jefferson, 42, was arrested by police at Coach Road in Whitehaven, at around 8pm on February 26, in relation to a different matter.

Prosecutor Jeremy Grout-Smith told Carlisle Crown Court this morning (MON): “On being searched in custody a locking knife was found in his property.”

Jefferson, previously of Whitehaven but now of no fixed address, admitted having a bladed article in public without good reason or lawful authority.

The court heard he had two previous convictions on his record for the carrying of blades.

As a result, his latest crime triggered a minimum prison sentence for repeat offending.

Noting also that Jefferson had a “bad record” featuring more than 150 offences in total, Judge James Adkin imposed an immediate six-month prison sentence. He also ordered the forfeiture and destruction of the knife carried in February.

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