Grantham court: Ex-scrap worker ‘used weapon in job’

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Police found an extending baton and three lock knives in the car of a former scrapyard worker.

James Glen Martin, 48, of Riverside, Welham Street, Grantham, admitted possessing an offensive weapon and possessing the knives in a public place on February 24.

Prosecuting, Nick Todd said police officers stopped Martin’s Almera car in Inner Street in Grantham. They found the lock knives in the glove box of the W registered Nissan Almera and the baton was found in the boot. Mr Todd said: “Although they were potentially lethal, they were not produced in anger.”

Rob Arthur, defending, said Martin used to work in a scrapyard and had used the baton to smash windows. He had also used the knives as part of his job.

Martin appeared in court on crutches. Mr Arthur said he had a severe back injury and had finished his scrapyard job in October. He said it was ‘stupid of him’ to leave the knives in the glovebox.

Magistrates asked for a report on Martin and the case was adjourned until July 16. Martin was granted unconditional bail.