Man ushered away after police find a knife in his bag

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Police operating at Old Trafford Metrolink station yesterday (23 September) found a very large knife in the bag of a man from Sale.

The man aged 46 and from Washway Road in Sale was immediately arrested and ushered into a waiting van where he will have been driven to a custody unit for questioning.

It is not known at this time why he was carrying the knife.

The Law on carrying an offensive weapon

Section 1(4) defines an offensive weapon as “any article made or adapted for use for causing injury to the person or intended by the person having it with him for such use by him or by some other person”. In the case of R v Simpson(C), 78 CAR 115 the court considered this definition and identified three categories of offensive weapon.

  • Offensive per se i.e. those items made for the use of causing injury to the person. Examples are a truncheon, a rice flail, a butterfly knife.
  • Adapted for use. The example given in the case of Simpson was of a bottle deliberately broken.
  • Intended by the person having it with him for use for causing injury to the person. This definition includes defensively as well as offensively.

For anyone carrying a bladed article they could get up to 4 years behind bars depending on the circumstances.