Man jailed for carrying Stanley knife on the streets of Bedford


A man who was twice caught carrying a Stanley knife on the streets of Bedford has been jailed for 21 months.

Adam Plummer, 42, had had his first knife seized and was on bail when he committed the second offence.

Judge Stuart Bridge told him: "Courts have repeatedly said that those who carry knives on the street should go to prison. And when they are carried by those who are high on drink or drugs there is even more danger."

Plummer, of St. Mary's Road, Wootton was before Luton Crown Court on Friday, 04 January 2013.

Daniel Siong for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said on 18 July last year Plummer stole a £7.99 toy from TKMaxx in Bedford and when apprehended by a store security guard it was found he had an unguarded Stanley knife in his hand in his pocket. He was arrested and bailed.

On 30 September, he was involved in an argument with his partner during which he threatened her brother and mother with a baseball bat, saying he would 'paralyse' them. The incident was witnessed by two children.

Then on 22 October he was stopped and searched in Cauldwell Street, Bedford and another Stanley knife was found in his pocket. He also refused to give police a sample to test for Class A drugs.

Plummer, who had committed 113 previous offences, pleaded guilty to two charges of possessing a bladed article in a public place, two charges of common assault, one of theft and one of failing to provide a sample. He was given a total of 18 months for the knife offences with a further three months for assault.

Phillipa Ellis, defending said he possessed Stanley knives because he worked occasionally as a carpet fitter.

"He has had problems with alcohol and Class A drugs but is trying to rid himself with the habit.

"The knives were not brandished," she said.

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