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Hardwicke carer found with lock knife and cannabis in his car

By The Citizen  |  Posted: March 10, 2014

Stroud Magistrates Court

Stroud Magistrates Court

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WHEN police found a lock knife in a car glove box it landed a Hardwicke man in trouble.

Although it had been used to fix his car, Alexander John Graham Campbell-Harris was breaking the law by having his locking knife in a public place, a court heard.

“It was at about 12.30am on January 15 when he was stopped on the Ebley bypass by police in his Peugeot 306,” said Kathryn Jenkins, prosecuting.

“Officers smelt cannabis and he was given a street caution for that. A knife was found in the glove box of the car.

“In interview he said it was his vehicle which he had not had long, and it had been off the road having repair work done.

“He admitted the knife was his. He said he had been cutting something and had forgotten to remove it. He said he normally keeps it in a box.”

David Billingham, defending, said Campbell-Harris, 28, of Maple Close, Hardwicke, was a carer for his mum and the knife had been used to cut a head gasket on the Peugeot when it was being worked on.

“He knows he should not have had the lock knife,” said Mr Billingham.

He pleaded guilty to possession of a knife in a public place when he appeared before a court today.

A charge of possession of a kitchen knife at the same place on the same day was withdrawn by the Crown.

He was fined £110 for the single offence, plus ordered to pay a £20 victim surcharge and £85 costs. The Stroud Magistrates’ Court bench also ordered that the lock knife be forfeited and destroyed.

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