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Thursday, 24 July 2014

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Carlisle man had banned pepper-spray weapon

A Carlisle man has admitted carrying a banned pepper-spray weapon claimed to be especially useful for controlling wild animals.

Nicholas James Allan, 40, of Millholme Avenue, Carlisle, was arrested in May after being caught with the canister designed to discharge an irritant liquid called Pfeffer KO FOG.

The device – which contains the extracts of extremely hot chilli peppers – is not lethal but is advertised as being able to “blind an attacker, cause temporary breathing difficulties and some major pain, allowing time for you to escape or in certain instances giving you the required time to effect an arrest”.

It is said to be able to “drop an attacker within seconds” and is said to be particularly useful when faced with “vicious animals (lions, tigers, bears etc)”. It can only legally be kept by people with a license from the Government.

At Carlisle Crown Court on Monday, Allan, pleaded guilty to possessing a prohibited weapon, and to two charges of possessing the class C drug diazepam with intent to supply it.

He was remanded in custody for background reports from a probation officer.

He will be sentenced after that – but, because the prosecution does not accept the basis of his pleas, a judge will probably have to call evidence at a special fact-finding hearing in early December before deciding on exactly what Allan’s involvement was.

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