Drug addict found with knife in town centre

Burnley Magistrates Court.
Burnley Magistrates Court.
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A heroin addict found with a knife was caught after police were called to a car park due to reports a man had some bolt cutters, a court was told.

Robert White (29) had the four-inch blade in his trouser pocket and a wrap of heroin stuffed in his sock.

He told police he had used the knife on a belt and had forgotten it was still there. He also said he used heroin every day, the drugs in his possession were for personal use and he would not divulge where he got the heroin from, Burnley magistrates heard.

The hearing was told White had been addicted to hard drugs since he was a teenager and now had walking difficulties because of deep vein thrombosis. He had been given a community order with a drugs programme last December.

White, of Leyland Road, Burnley, admitted possessing a knife in Active Way, Burnley, and possessing heroin, on March 27th. He was given a 12-month community order with a 30-day rehabilitation requirement.

Nick Dearing (defending) said there was a tale in respect of the bolt cutters, which the police investigated and accepted. The blade was a small steak knife. The defendant had no previous convictions for carrying weapons.

Mr Dearing said White had been addicted to heroin since his teens and relapsed last year. “He’s been injecting heroin, now has DVT and is struggling to walk.”