Drunken falconer’s knife shame

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A FALCONER found himself in trouble with the law when police discovered a knife on him which he used to cut up rabbit meat for his hawk.

Leslie Leeming, 49, of Horsebridge Road, Grange Park, admitted possessing a butterfly knife in public.

He was fined £110 and told to pay £85 costs and £20 victims’ surcharge by District Judge Jeff Brailsford sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court who ordered the destruction of the knife.

Tracy Yates, prosecuting, said police received information Leeming had been involved in a dispute at a house party on December 16.

Police found him in Draycott Avenue where he had the knife in a pocket.

Hugh Pond, defending, said Leeming was a falconer and that day he had been flying his hawk.

He had used the knife to cut up rabbit meat for the bird then forgotten he had the knife on him when he went out at night. That night Leeming drank alcohol for the first time in three years and then argued with a relative.

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