A MAN with a knife hidden in his trousers sparked a police firearms alert.
Armed officers rushed to Third Avenue, in Chester-le-Street, after receiving reports that Bradley Robson has a gun, Durham Crown Court heard.
“Robson was on a grassed area and when searched was found to have a kitchen knife in his tracksuit trousers,” said Lynsey Colling, prosecuting.
“He told police he had been assaulted in Durham the previous week, and was carrying the knife to frighten anyone who wanted to assault him again.
“Robson said he had no intention of using the knife,” she added. “But he accepted there was a risk someone would be injured if he withdrew it from his trousers.”
Robson, of Lowther Avenue, Chester-le-Street, admitted possession of a bladed article on August 20.
The court was told that the 23-year-old had been released from a three-year prison sentence in June, imposed for an incident in which a man was stabbed.
Tom Moran, defending, said in mitigation: “It was not alleged he had a knife on that occasion, although he was involved in the assault.
“The knife was not used on this occasion, and he had no other weapon.
“His girlfriend is pregnant, and while the courts will have heard this many times before, he tells me the prospect of becoming a father has caused him to reflect on the way he is living his life.”
The Recorder, Rodney Jameson QC, sentenced Robson to eight months in prison, suspended for two years, and a two-year supervision order.
The recorder told Robson: “You have been in prison for three weeks on remand, and there are sufficient grounds for me to suspend the remainder of the sentence.
“You have a job and a partner who is pregnant.
“The last time the courts tried a community order, you were a teenager and had none of these things.
“You now have a future, take it, grab it, get on with it – and don’t come back here.”
The knife was confiscated and will be destroyed.