A prostitute working the streets of Blackpool had two knives on her for her own protection.
Kathleen Harvey, 19, of Harvey Street,Blackpool was seen by police community support officers at the junction of Queen Street and Lord Street.
That line of work can bring me into contact with some nasty men.The knives are a deterrent
She was swaying from side to side and the officers thought she might be under the influence of drugs.
They searched her and found a large kitchen knife and a small potato knife.
Harvey admitted having the knives in a public area when she appeared before Blackpool Magistrates who ordered probation reports on her before sentence.
Adrian Hollamby, prosecuting, said that when she told police she had been working as a street worker.
She told officers: “That line of work can bring me into contact with some nasty men.The knives are a deterrent.”