Magistrates show man caught with two knives no mercy

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Magistrates have jailed a Corby man found carrying two knives.

Malcolm Shanks, from Studfall Avenue, Corby, was found guilty of possession of two six inch kitchen knives following a trial last month.

The 40-year-old was caught after police were called to Sulgrave Drive, Corby, on September 18 last year.

One knife was sticking out of his pocket and another was found in his sock when officers searched him.

He said he was drunk at the time of the incident and could not remember what had happened.

In an appearance at Corby Magistrates’ Court on Friday, Gill Walker, for Shanks, said: “He accepts there is no lawful reason why he had these knives but at trial, witnesses said he had taken then off a friend earlier in the night.”

Chairman of the bench Ian Douglas said: “There’s no good reason for you being in possession of these knives.

“We take knife crime very seriously in this county.”

Shanks was jailed for six months and is likely to serve half of his sentence. As he was led from the dock his friends sitting in the public gallery swore at magistrates.