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Jail for man who carried hunting knife in Sneinton Market area

Officers also recovered just over 24g of cannabis, digital weighing scales, a mobile phone and £1,700 in cash when they carried out a search warrant at his former home in Portland Road on 6 June 2018.

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A 28-year-old man has been jailed for two years and nine months for drug and knife possession offences.

Perry Mason, formerly of Portland Road, the Arboretum, was Tasered after failing to comply with officers who responded to a report he was carrying a large knife.

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A hunting knife in a sheath (pictured) was recovered from Mason during the incident in the Sneinton Market area at around 3.45am on 16 June 2018.

Mason was also found in possession of a knife after officers stopped a car in Portland Road after receiving intelligence that a knife had been passed to the occupants of the car. Mason was the driver and the knife was in the boot when officers searched the vehicle at around 9.15pm on 22 August 2017.

Officers also recovered just over 24g of cannabis, digital weighing scales, a mobile phone and £1,700 in cash when they carried out a search warrant at his former home in Portland Road on 6 June 2018.

Mason admitted possession of a bladed article in relation to both knife incidents at a previous court hearing, and was given credit by the judge for his early pleas.He had previously denied possession with intent to supply cannabis but entered a last-minute guilty plea as he was due to stand trial at Nottingham Crown Court today (Tuesday 9 April).

Mason received 18 months custody for the possession of knife offence committed in 2018 and a consecutive six months in custody for the knife possession offence in 2017. He received a further nine months in custody, consecutively, for possession with intent to supply cannabis.

Judge Stuart Rafferty QC noted Mason had been on remand since 14 July 2018. However in summing up he described him as “someone who persistently flirted with drugs and violence.”

He commented that Mason had not provided any purpose or explanation as to why he was in possession of the knives and said he had “made a fist of resisting the police knowing he was in possession of the knife [on the 2018 occasion] forcing the police to Taser him.”

Judge Rafferty said the situation could have escalated well out of control and fortunately had not.

He added: “The law cannot countenance persistent carrying of weapons, putting people’s lives at risk. Your days of strutting around and showing off are not tolerated.”

Judge Rafferty ordered the destruction of the cannabis and knives and forfeiture of £1,700 cash seized in the search when the cannabis was recovered.

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