Razor blade man made threats

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court
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A man found with razor blades told police he would hurt a member of the public or an officer if he was not arrested.

Jason Barton had 18 previous convictions for either possessing a blade or an offensive weapon in public.

Barton, 47, of Allington Close, Taunton, pleaded guilty to possessing a blade in Blackpool’s Bank Hey Street.

He was remanded in custody to appear at Preston Crown Court on January 28 for sentence by District Judge Jeff Brailsford sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said Barton dialled 999 at around 10pm on January 3 and said he was in the town centre with razor blades.

Peter Manning, defending, told the judge that Barton, who had mental health problems, said he had first gone to Blackpool Victoria Hospital, but was told he did not need treatment.