Ex-soldier in court after meat cleaver found in car

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A FORMER soldier accused of having a meat cleaver in his car will stand trial.

John Pearson, of The Crescent, West Rainton, appeared before South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court to face a charge of possessing a bladed article.

The knife is said to have been in the 25-year-old’s Audi A3 when it was searched by police.

He also faces charges of driving with no insurance, driving without a licence and failing to declare driving convictions. Pearson pleaded not guilty to all of the charges and asked to stand trial before magistrates, which was arranged for August 19.

Paul Donay, prosecuting, said: “He was stopped in relation to driving offences and, when the car was searched, officers found a meat cleaver.”

The court heard that Pearson claimed he had the knife in relation to his previous role in the Army.

He was granted unconditional bail until his trial.