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DJ arrested at Spalding night club for wearing knuckle dusters

A 47-year-old DJ, who was gigging at a Spalding nightclub, was arrested after found to be wearing knuckle dusters.

Boston Magistrates heard yesterday (Wednesday, January 15), that DJ Darren Barnes of Stoke Golding, Nuneaton, in Leicestershire, was compering the event at the XO Nightclub in Westlode Street on December 15. They heard that in the early hours, just as he was completing his set, one of the assistant managers was told he had a knuckle duster and was 'acting strangely'.

Prosecutor Jim Clare said the manager approached Barnes and he told her that a customer had been 'playing with his equipment' and that he wanted that person removed.

Boston Magistrates' Court.
Boston Magistrates' Court.

He said Barnes appeared to be 'very angry' and was 'clutching and unclutching his fists' and she could see he wearing a knuckle duster.

Mr Clare said security staff attended and at that time he could be seen to be wearing knuckle dusters on both hands.

He said police were informed and he was arrested, explaining that he had bought the knuckle dusters on Ebay.

Mitigating, Tony Davies said Barnes had bought the knuckle dusters as bottle openers and cable trimmers and he had forgotten he had them in his pocket from the previous day when he had quite legitimately had them on his person.

But Mr Clare said knuckle dusters were 'an offensive weapon per se' and that it was 'never legitimate to have them outside the home'.

Barnes, who had admitted the offence of possessing an offensive weapon, was fined £293 and ordered to pay £117 in court costs and charges.

XO nightclub owner Matt Clark said: “We are wholly supportive of the prosecution of a guest DJ, Darren Barnes, as ordered by Boston Magistrates' Court, which was brought about as a result of our zero tolerance approach towards criminal and unsocial behaviour in our venues, whether it be customers or staff.

"As soon as we became aware of the issue, security staff attended with management. Without hesitation the guilty party was detained, followed by the crime being recorded in our incident files and reported instantly to the police, who swiftly attended and made an arrest on the evening.

"Security, managerial and serving staff supported the arrest and subsequent prosecution with witness statements, and footage from our 32 camera CCTV system was also tendered as evidence.

"Whilst we are clearly upset that the incident happened at all, we are grateful to the diligent work of the team at the venue for ensuring that this did not result in injury of any parties, and are happy to say that our venues remain safe for all.”


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