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A 22-year-old man has been jailed for six months for carrying a kitchen knife in a public place, following a British Transport Police investigation.
Christopher Morrison, of Shields Road, Byker, pleaded guilty to possession of a bladed article in public and was sentenced by Newcastle Magistrates' on Monday 16 January.
The court heard how, on Saturday, 14 January, officers spotted Morrison snorting a white substance from a bollard outside Newcastle Central station and carried out a stop search.
When asked if he was carrying anything that could potentially harm the officers Morrison admitted he was carrying a blade in his front pocket for protection and officers subsequently retrieved the kitchen knife.
Investigating officer PC Chris Abbott said: "There is no excuse for carrying what can be a lethal weapon in a public place.
“We are pleased that this arrest means another knife off the streets and potentially lives saved as a result."