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Man sentenced for possessing Stanley knife – Shenfield

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Last week, a man was sentenced after he was caught in possession of a Stanley knife on an Essex train. 

Michael O’Keefe, aged 19 and of Holly Close, Great Dunmow, pleaded guilty at Basildon Crown Court to a charge of being in possession of a bladed article. 

Shortly after 4.30pm on 25 January last year, a BTP special police constable was on patrol on board a train travelling between Southend Victoria and Shenfield. 

The guard on the service approached the officer informing him that two men were smoking in the first class carriage. 

The officer went to speak with the men, one of which was O’Keefe. Both were not in possession of a correct first class ticket, they were detained and searched. O’Keefe was concealing a Stanley knife. 

On Wednesday 14 February at Basildon Crown Court, O’Keefe was handed a five month prison sentence, suspended for twelve months. He was ordered to undertake a Rehabilitation Activity Requirement for 30 days and to pay a £115 victim surcharge. 

Special Police Constable James Evans from British Transport Police, said: “There is no excuse as to why O’Keefe should be in possession of such as dangerous weapon. Not only was he smoking in the first class carriage, he had a weapon which could cause serious injury. 

“Last week, officers throughout the country took part in #OpSceptre patrols, a national initiative targeting knife crime. This sentence is a perfect example of the efforts we’re making to target criminals carrying knives on the rail network. 

“We’re completely committed to making the railway a safe and pleasant environment for everyone that uses it. Criminals should be warned that we’re making the railway a hostile place for criminals, particularly those who are intent on carrying a knife.”

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