Sunderland schoolboy in court for carrying knife

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A SCHOOLBOY has appeared in court after he was found carrying a knife .

The 15-year-old, who can’t be named for legal reasons, told how he intended to make a den using the blade.

The trial at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court heard how the youngster had met up with friends after he finished school and was carrying the knife because he intended to build a den in a nearby field.

The boy, who was 14 at the time of the incident, had planned to spend his birthday, which was coming up a few days later, in the den.

He had been meaning to get a screwdriver from a room in his home, but when the room was locked he decided to take the knife instead.

Two police community support officers passing the scene stopped to investigate, at which point the boy threw the four-inch sharp blade into a garden.

The youngster was then cautioned by police.

He was also discovered to be carrying screws and pliers.

Peter Hamill, defending, said: “I do not believe that there has been anything wrong done by him since this incident. He didn’t have the knife on him for a very long period.”

Prosecutor John McGlone asked the boy why he had thrown the knife into the garden.

The boy, who was in court with his mum, said: “The police are not that easy. They will lock me up for any reason.”

The boy didn’t throw away the pliers or screws, which were discovered when police searched him after his arrest.

Magistrates found the boy guilty of possession of an offensive weapon.

Chairman of the bench Cliff Jones handed him a 12-month youth rehabilitation order, saying: “We have looked at this offence and, no matter what reason you had for carrying the knife, the bench feel that to carry it is a very serious offence.

“It’s our view that it’s not a sufficient good reason for having the knife.

“We do find that you were careless and ran a risk of possible injury.”

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