Teenager had machete to protect himself on camping trips, court hears (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Teenager had machete to protect himself on camping trips, court hears
6:40pm Tuesday 15th October 2013 in News
A TEENAGER who was caught retrieving a machete from a bush told police he had it for protection in case he got attacked during camping expeditions.
Lee Allan, a keen camper, was retrieving his belongings – a tent bag and machete – from a bush in Gladstone Street, in Darlington, when he was caught by police officers, the town’s magistrates heard.
The 18-year-old told police he found the machete in Middlesbrough and decided to keep it in case he got attacked during one of his regular camping trips.
Prosecutor John Garside said: “Last time he had gone camping he had some trouble with some lads so he took in with him if he needed it.”
John Clish, mitigating, said: “He had gone camping with this said knife which he accepts was a foolish thing to do. He has expressed he will never get himself into such a position again.
“He realises what a stupid decision it was on his behalf.”
Mr Clish said the teenager of Granville Road, Middlesbrough, who works as an engineer, did not want to take the items back to Middlesbrough and so put them in the bush.
Allan admitted possession of a knife blade or sharp pointed article in a public place and magistrates ordered him to pay a £500, as well as £85 and a £50 victim surcharge.
Magistrates also ordered the destruction of the machete.