Fined for having knife

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A SECURITY worker, who had a baton and three-and-a-half inch sheath knife in his car, was fined £770.

Geoffrey Rule’s solicitor, who had pleaded for the case to be referred back to police for a caution to be issued, said he was considering appealing the sentence.

Rule (30) was stopped on the A10 in Middleton by police who found the baton, described as an extendable ASP and knife, West Norfolk Magistrates’ Court, in King’s Lynn, heard on Wednesday.

John McKanna, mitigating, said the baton, which was left to Rule by a relative, had slid down the side of a seat when he moved house and he used the knife when hunting rabbits.

He urged for the case to be sent back to police to issue a caution or for Rule to be given a conditional discharge to preserve his employment as a security worker.

Rule, of Station Road, Long Sutton, admitted possession of an offensive weapon and a bladed article on September 10.