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Thursday, 24 April 2014

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Drunken man called Carlisle police to tell them was carrying knives

A “troubled” man who drunkenly called police to tell them he was carrying knives has avoided prison.

David Winder, 51, of Stanhope Road, Carlisle, pleaded guilty to two charges of possessing an article with a blade or point.

The city’s crown court heard that on August 28, Winder had been at his granddaughter’s birthday party and drank beer and whisky, which he would not normally do.

Later, police received a call from Winder, who told them he was carrying Stanley knives. They arrived at on Stanhope Road and questioned him.

Rebecca McGregor, prosecuting, said: “They asked about the knives and he said ‘Yes, they are in my rear jeans pocket.’

“He was drunk and was repeatedly saying that he wanted to be taken to the cells. He was clearly troubled that day. He had an argument with his daughter and he put the knives in his pocket because he wanted to get arrested.”

The court heard that Winder had been arrested on a previous occasion after having a machete concealed inside his coat.

Judge Peter Hughes QC said: “It is never acceptable to carry knifes in public. You know that because you have been convicted before of having knives in public, and you know that because you rang the police.”

Winder was given two concurrent eight-month prison sentences suspended for two years, a 12-month supervision order, and 200 hours unpaid work. He was also ordered to pay £300 costs and ordered to attend an alcohol awareness workshop.

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