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Woman carried knife due to gangs in Blurton, Stoke-on-Trent, court says | UK | News

Judith Tyrer had a knife in her bum bag as safety as she accompanied a pal to accumulate some garments from an deal with in Blurton, Stoke-on-Trent. A court heard Tyrer was stopped and searched by officers who arrested the lady on suspicion of possession of a knife in public.

But North Staffordshire Justice Centre heard Tyrer feared she was “going to be beaten up” by gangs in the realm.

She thought they have been carrying weapons themselves, experiences Stoke-on-Trent Live.

Mike Kimberley, defending, stated: “The defendant appeared frightened of these people.

“She acquired the knife in a bum bag. It was in there for a little bit of safety in the event that they have been going to be crushed up.

“When the police came she was co-operative. She did not produce the knife.

“She is deeply ashamed of herself. This will not occur once more.”

The defendant was sentenced to four months in prison, suspended for 12 months, after admitting possession of a knife in public on Thursday.

Magistrates ordered the forfeiture and destruction of the knife, which Tyrer admitted she had owned for 20 years and used to peel potatoes.

Tyrer, from Blurton, hadn’t been in trouble with police for 20 years.

Zaine Riaz, prosecuting, said police attended an address in Blurton on February 9 after receiving a report that two people had attempted to break in with a crowbar.

He said: “Police discovered two ladies matching the outline. Neither have been in possession of a crowbar.

“However, the defendant was stopped and searched and she told the officer she had a knife in her bag. She said she was expecting trouble and it was for protection. She was arrested.”

The defendant was ordered to pay £185 prices and a £128 surcharge. 

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