Weapon described as stick for dog

Blackpool Magistrates Court open day pre-pix.

Blackpool Magistrates Court open day pre-pix.

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A MAN tried to conceal a wooden cosh in bushes and then claimed it was a stick for his dog when police came to search him.

Shaun Fleming, 43, of Fernleigh Close, Bispham, pleaded guilty to possessing an offensive weapon.

Martine Connah, prosecuting at Blackpool magistrates, said that on March 21, at 9.40pm, police saw Fleming on Bispham Road.

As an officer went to search him he was seen to drop something in bushes.

An officer found a 15-inch wooden cosh which Fleming at first said was a stick for his dog.

When questioned as to why there were no bite marks in it, he admitted it was for his protection.

Gerry Coyle, defending, said Fleming had the cosh because people from a farm, where he had helped with horses, had threatened him.

Fleming was bailed for pre-sentence report to be carried out.