Grantham court: Illegal lock knife found as man hands himself in at station

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A man who went to the police station to hand himself in was found to be carrying an illegal lock knife.

Colin Lilley, 37, of Cambridge Street, Grantham, admitted possessing a knife blade or sharp pointed article, namely a lock knife, in a public place on September 8 last year.

Prosecutor Tracey Ross told the court that Lilley was arrested at the police stsation in Swingbridge Road on another matter. When searched the knife was found in his jacket pocket.

Miss Ross said the knife had a 17cm long wooden handle with a blade measuring nine centimetres.

Rob Arthur, defending, said Lilley and his partner had had a disagreement that evening at her address and he had packed up his stuff and left.

Mr Arthur said Lilley walked to the police station, where he used the call box outside because the station was closed. On the phone he told the police he was outside if anybody wanted to go out and speak to him.

Mr Arthur said Lilley had had a checquered past between 1994 and 2009 but since then he had kept out of trouble. He added: “He has turned his back on his former lifestyle. He was searched before being taken into the police station and the knife was found in his top pocket. He was not threatening anybody with it or waving it around.”

Magistrates fined Lilley £120 and ordered him to pay costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £20.