Man was spotted walking down street with sword

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court
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A police officer spotted a man walking down a street in Fleetwood carrying a large sword.

Unemployed Gavin Howard, 27, of Radcliffe Road, Fleetwood, pleaded guilty to possessing a blade in public and breaching a court order.

He was sentenced to four months in prison, suspended for 12 months, ordered to pay £85 costs plus £80 victims’ surcharge and told to 
comply with an activity programme by District Judge Alan Jones sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

Malcolm Isherwood, prosecuting, said a police officer saw Howard on the port’s London Street with a 31-inch long sword on December 6 about 4pm.

At first Howard said he had just bought it at a market for £60 and was taking it home. Patrick Nelligan, defending, said Howard wanted to sell the sword to get some money. He had not threatened anyone with the weapon.