Man carried axe and heroin in shopping centre

Blackpool Magistrates Court

Blackpool Magistrates Court

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A man was found with a recently sharpened axe in a busy town centre shopping mall, Blackpool Magistrates was told.

Shaun Taylor was carrying the axe for his own protection as he was out trying to buy drugs.

Taylor, 24, of Catforth Avenue, Marton admitted having an offensive weapon in public and possession of heroin and cocaine.

He was given a four week jail term suspended for 12 months and placed on supervision for a year.

He must pay £80 victims’ surcharge and the court ordered forfeiture of the axe.

Pam Smith,prosecuting, said that security staff alerted police to a man acting suspiciously in the Hounds Hill Centre,Blackpool on December 17 last year.

Police detained Taylor following the alert.

She said: “The area was very busy in the run up to Christmas.”

“Police noticed a bulge under Taylor’s jacket. They stopped him and searched him and found the sharpened axe and a wrap of each drug.

“One of was in his pockets and the other in his sock.”

In interview with police Taylor said he had no intention of causing anyone any harm.

Michael Woosnam, defending, said his client had suffered two massive blows.

He said: “His girlfriend lost the baby she was carrying and then he suffered the loss of his girl friend in tragic circumstances.”

“He assures me that carrying the axe was a a safety measure if there should be some sort of incident.”