CHESTER’S top judge has issued a stern warning to Cheshire criminals that knife crime “simply will not be tolerated”.
Judge Elgan Edwards, Recorder of Chester, spoke out during a hearing at Chester Crown Court on Tuesday December 30.
Paul Nicholls, 41, of Green Street, Macclesfield was sentenced for possession of an offensive weapon and threatening behaviour during an incident at the Puss In Boots pub, Macclesfield.
Judge Edwards dismissed a suggestion that the knife was taken for self-defence.
After sentencing Nicholls to 16 months jail for possession, Judge Edwards said: “People who take knives out in public are very unwise because the public are heartily sick and tired of knife crime.
“This sentence should warn criminals that arming yourself with knives will inevitably lead to an immediate custodial sentence.”