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Man behind bars for knife possession – Carlisle


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A man who thought it was smart to carry and conceal a knife at Carlisle station has spent his first few nights behind bars. 

Andrew Hall, aged 35 and of Prince Charles Close, Penrith was handed a six month prison sentence after pleading guilty at Carlisle Crown Court. 

Hall was stopped at Carlisle station shortly after 12pm on 18 January after officers saw him acting suspiciously. During a Stop and Search, Hall was fumbling with an item in his pocket; the 2.5 inch blade then fell to the ground and was retrieved by officers. 
He was later charged with one count of possession of a pointed article. 

On 24 April, Hall appeared before Carlisle Crown Court where he was sentenced. He was also ordered to pay a £115 victim surcharge. 

Sergeant Garry Ashbridge from British Transport Police, said: “There can never be an excuse to carrying such a potentially lethal weapon. We are working tirelessly to make the railway a hostile environment for criminals and sending a message that knife crime will not be tolerated. 

“I welcome this prison sentence handed to Hall, and hope it sends a clear message about our work to tackle criminality on the railway. If you are ever suspicious of someone’s behaviour on the rail network, please report it by sending us a text discreetly on 61016.”



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