Man caught with machete after Sunderland street fight

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A JUDGE has warned of the dangers of having weapons in public after a man was caught carrying a machete in the street.

Police saw that Stephen Stoker was armed as he made off from the scene of a fight in Sunderland in May.

The 25-year-old, of Brockley Street, Sunderland, admitted having an article with a blade when he appeared at Newcastle Crown Court.

The court heard Stoker hadn’t brandished or threatened anyone with the weapon. Mr Recorder Angus Withington sentenced Stoker to nine months imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, with supervision and programme requirements.

He told him: “Any form of weapon of that type in any form of public setting can give rise to fear and alarm and concern.

“The courts are extremely keen to stamp down and punish those who carry such weapons in public places. I take into account and I accept that this was not a machete you used against anybody, and you did not threaten violence with it.”

Jamie Adams, defending, said Stoker has a good work record and has suffered from health problems.

He added that the factory worker’s behaviour was down to “bravado” and there was no intention to become involved in any violence.”

He said: “It looks like he’s trying to sort his life out.”