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Man jailed after carrying eight inch blade on Leicester train – Leicestershire

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A 20-year-old man has spent his first nights behind bars after he was caught carrying an eight inch kitchen knife on a train in Leicestershire. 
 
Mohammed Abdi-Ahmed of Bricket Road, St Albans appeared at Leicester Magistrates’ Court on 19 August where he was handed a 12 month detention in a young offenders institution. 
 
On 7 April this year, a vigilant witness on board a Cross Country Trains service saw Abdi-Ahmed in possession of what appeared to be a large knife. 
 
British Transport Police officers then worked closely with rail staff to view CCTV, having identified Abdi-Ahmed they then alerted officers at Leicester station, where the train was travelling towards. 
 
Officers then met the service at Leicester and arrested the defendant. Thinking officers wouldn’t look under his seat, Abdi-Ahmed hid his blade there; it was very quickly recovered by officers.  
 
He was later changed for being in possession of an offensive weapon, charges he admitted at court. 
 
Sergeant Nicholas Fowler from British Transport Police, said: “I am pleased that Abdi-Ahmed has been handed a prison sentence, it is completely disgraceful that he thought it was sensible to carry this potentially lethal weapon. I would like to offer my sincere thanks to the extremely vigilant member of the public, because of her a dangerous weapon is off the streets.
 
“This sentence is a great example of how British Transport Police and railway staff work seamlessly to identify crime on the railway and take decisive action. While this train travelled towards Leicester, we each worked hard to identify a suspect and deploy officers.”

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