A MAN seen behaving oddly and jumping up and down was found with a steak knife down his pants.
Lee Knowles, 38, of Exchange Street, North Shore, admitted possession of a blade in public. He was given a 12-month conditional discharge by Blackpool magistrates who ordered the destruction of the knife.
Prosecutor, Martine Connah, said on April 27 at 1.10am police saw Knowles on The Strand. He was jumping up and down and appeared to be trying to wipe white powder away from his nose.
A steak knife in a green tube was found pushed down the front of Knowles’ pants.
When interviewed Knowles said it was for his self-defence. He said he had had four bags of heroin and four bags of speed throughout the day.
Ashley Fisher, defending, said his client, who had mental health problems, had not brandished the knife.