Man jailed for carrying knife on train - Newcastle
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A 24 year old man has been jailed for eight months after he was spotted by a member of the public carrying a kitchen knife in a railway station.
Following a British Transport Police (BTP) investigation, Kyle Craig Morrow, of Rose Avenue, South Moor, Durham, pleaded guilty to possession of a bladed article and possession of a controlled substance and was sentenced by South Tyneside magistrates on Wednesday 17 January.
The court heard how, on Sunday 26 June last year, officers received a report through the BTP text service 61016 from a member of rail staff that a passenger had spotted Morrow carrying a knife at Newcastle Central Station.
Officers attended the station and located on Morrow on board a train. He was found to be carrying a kitchen knife in the waist band of his trousers and was arrested.
He was also further arrested for possession of a controlled substance.
In police interview Morrow claimed he didn't know he was carrying the knife and that someone else must have put it there without his knowledge.
Investigating officer Sgt David Waggot said: "Thanks to a vigilant member of the public and the fast response from officers Morrow was apprehended and a potentially deadly weapon removed from the railway network.
"There is absolutely no reason for anyone to be carrying a knife in a public place.
"Morrow's swift arrest demonstrates the effectiveness of our discreet text service which allows passengers and rail staff to report anything that causes them concern in a discreet and effective manner, without raising the attention of the suspect."