A teenager who was in possession of a knife in the street in the early hours claimed he was carrying it for protection, a court was told.
Ahsan Ali (19) was found to have the blade in his jacket when he was searched on Colne Road, Burnley, on August 3rd.
Bench chairman Lynne Kemp told Ali, of Abel Street, Burnley, nobody saw the knife, and he didn’t brandish it, but if something had happened on the street and he got it out then the potential was high for a very serious incident.
She added: “The probation officer says you need to grow up and think about your actions.”
The defendant admitted to possessing a knife and was given a community order with 140 hours of unpaid work and was ordered to pay £325 worth of costs.