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Teenager sentenced for possession of knife - London

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A 15-year-old boy has been sentenced for possession of a bladed article and class B controlled drugs in London.

The teenager from North London, who cannot be named due to his age, was arrested by BTP PCSOs at Highbury and Islington station on 12 July this year.

He matched the description of a suspect in a robbery at the station earlier that day, so the officers approached him to speak to him.

When he saw the officers, he ran away over the footbridge, stopping to throw a black object over the fence, which the officers saw.

They managed to stop the teenager and detain him.

A search of the area found a knife in a black sheath (pictured).

On arrival in custody, the teenager was searched and three wraps of cannabis were recovered from him.

The teenager pleaded guilty to the offences at Croydon Magistrates’ Court on 3 August and was sentenced at the same hearing.  

He was sentenced to a four month detention and training order, which means he will serve half the time in custody and half in the community. He was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £30 and an order was made under Section 143 of the Powers of Criminal Courts Act 2000 which prohibits the defendant from carrying a hunting knife.

PC Ibi Ahmed said: “I would like to commend the PCSOs for being able to stop the teenager and detain him whilst awaiting assistance. Thanks to the hard work of the officers that arrived on scene this led to a successful conviction of an individual who was carrying a knife whilst using the TfL rail service.

“This will hopefully send out a clear message to anybody carrying knives out in the public domain. It is another knife off the streets and could potentially have prevented a crime from occurring.”

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