Man (22) carried knife as Duke Bar is ‘rough area’

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A 22-year-old Burnley man arrested during a domestic incident was found to have a knife hidden in his sock.

When he appeared before Blackburn magistrates they were told defendant Hamza Akram had told police he carried the weapon for protection as the Bar Street district of Burnley, around Duke Bar, was a “rough area.”

Akram, of Colne Road, Burnley, admitted possessing a knife in a public place. The magistrates jailed him for eight weeks.