Man had hammer in street

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court
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A voluntary worker went out in the street with a hammer after his girlfriend chased after a large man who had caused damage at their home.

Daniel Maddocks, 26, of Althorp Close, North Shore, pleaded guilty to possessing an offensive weapon in public.

He was sentenced to do 40 hours’ unpaid work for the community and 
ordered to pay £85 costs plus £60 victims’ surcharge at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

Martine Connah, prosecuting, said police were called to a disturbance in Coleridge Road on July 5 at 4.20am. The officers saw Maddocks and he admitted to them: “I have a hammer up my sleeve.”

Maddocks said he and his partner were at home when something was smashed at their address.

Robert Castle, defending, said: “He took the hammer for protection when he went to get his girlfriend.”