Butcher had knife in street over row

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A BUTCHER was spotted walking around with a chopping knife after being punched by a kebab shop owner.

John McCready picked up the 12in knife from the boot of his car after being involved in the altercation.

But the 29-year-old was arrested after he was spotted by police running down Springfield Road, in Blackpool, with the blade.

Blackpool Magistrates’ Court heard yesterday McCready, of Bispham Road, Layton, was spotted by officers at around 3.30am on March 2, running away from them.

Martine Connah, prosecuting, said it was only when both officers drew their tasers he threw the knife to the ground.

He then told police he had been punched by a kebab shop owner.

At the court McCready, who had no previous convictions, pleaded guilty to possessing an offensive weapon in public.

Daniel Harman, defending, said his client had the knife in the back of a hire car because he was a butcher, but could provide no reason for what he had done.

McCready was ordered to do 50 hours unpaid work for the community, pay £85 costs and a £60 victims’ surcharge.

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