‘Gent of the road’ found under pier with knife

Blackpool Magistrates Court open day pre-pix.
Blackpool Magistrates Court open day pre-pix.
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A MAN described in court as a traditional “gentleman of the road” set up home under a Blackpool pier.

But because 50-year-old Peter Matthews feared for his safety when youths would come and wake him up he armed himself with a wooden truncheon.

Blackpool Magistrates heard Edwards had not used the truncheon in anger but kept it in his rucksack.

Police were alerted to Edwards when he was seen having his morning coffee at a café on the pier.

He was seen carving up a plastic bottle. Officers searched him and in the rucksack found the truncheon and a large hunting knife.

Edwards told officers he used the knife to cut up firewood which he used to keep warm at night.

Edwards admitted possessing the knife and the truncheon and was fined £200.

He does not have to pay the fine because of the time he had served in custody over the weekend.

Ashley Fisher, defending, said: “This a real gentleman of the road who has set up home under the pier. The truncheon is an antique he bought at a car boot sale.”