Man living in a tent seen holding blade

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A man living in a tent in a friend’s garden was seen in the street with a knife by police.

Jack Dawson, 35, of Warley Road, North Shore, pleaded guilty to possessing an offensive weapon in public.

He was sentenced to an eight weeks tagged curfew from 10pm to 7am and ordered to pay £50 costs with £60 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Martine Connah, prosecuting, said police on Dickson Road noticed Dawson had a knife clipped to an inside pocket on October 9 about 11am. He told the officer “I carry it because I’m homeless.”

Suzanne Mugford, defending, said at the time Dawson was homeless and a friend had let him live in his garden in a tent.

He had used the knife for various reasons, such as in cooking.

Part of his forgetfulness was because he was taking strong painkillers as he had been diagnosed with cancer.