Jail for man found carrying knife

Tyson Briggs custody picture

A man will be spending Christmas behind bars after being jailed for carrying a knife in public.

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Tyson Briggs, 27, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to being in possession of an offensive weapon in a public place when he appeared at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court yesterday (Wednesday 12 December 2018).

Briggs was arrested by proactive plain clothes officers in a car park in Kent Street, Nottingham, on Tuesday (11 December 2018). He was found to be in possession of a small lock knife.

There is no need to carry a knife in Nottinghamshire and they are not welcome in our communities

Speaking after Briggs was locked up for 12 weeks, investigating officer Police Constable Gail Collins said: “In this case it was a small lock knife but the size doesn’t matter. The message is clear – there is no need to carry a knife in Nottinghamshire and they are not welcome in our communities.

“If you do carry a knife there’s a high chance you will get caught by the Police and you will be prosecuted for it, which can have such a huge impact on the rest of your life.”

The simple fact is that if a person is carrying a knife clearly there’s far more chance of that person using it, or having it used against them

Police Sergeant Karl Thomas added: “Nottinghamshire Police is committed to positively dealing with knife crime and we have proactive teams working tirelessly to ensure that if you carry a knife you will be prosecuted and could go to prison.

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“The simple fact is that if a person is carrying a knife clearly there’s far more chance of that person using it, or having it used against them.”