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Friday, 31 October 2014

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Man carried sword through Cumbrian town centre

A recovering heroin user carried a sword through Workington town centre, a court heard.

William Thompson was spotted by a member of public with the large sword, which had a gold handle, in Guard Street last September.

The sword was stuck in a door at a house and it wasn’t clear if he had tried to stick the sword into the door or thrown it, Carlisle Crown Court heard.

He had also carried the sword through the town centre in a bag and at one point it had fallen out.

He was arrested shortly afterwards and interviewed where he claimed he had found the sword in a graveyard but denied trying to stick it into the door.

But he admitted carrying the sword and magistrates in Workington later ordered the 45-year-old to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work and he was handed a 16-week curfew.

Thompson, of Peter Street, Workington, appeared before a judge at the crown court yesterday in a bid to have the unpaid work order quashed.

The court was told he had been in an unfit state to carry out the work at first and was not safe to be allowed on site as he had problems with alcohol and drugs.

He had been trying to obtain a prescription for methadone to help him get off heroin, and when he did eventually get the medication he showed a great deal of improvement.

Probation officers had been impressed by his progress and it had now been deemed appropriate to remove the unpaid work order and replace it with a requirement to carry out a drug awareness course.

The judge, Recorder Simon Kealey, agreed and praised Thompson, who has since come off heroin and methadone, for his efforts to battle his addiction.

As he left court, Thompson, who must still obey the curfew, told the judge: “I can’t thank you enough.”

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