Man who carried an axe, knife and knuckle-duster 'just for show' jailed at Peterborough Crown Court

A man found with an axe, knife and knuckle-duster in a busy town centre has been jailed for 13 months.

Wednesday, 16th January 2019, 4:24 pm
Updated Thursday, 7th February 2019, 5:29 pm
JAILED: Ben Rider, 35

Ben Rider, 35, was reported to patrolling officers by a concerned member of the public at about 9pm on 5 November last year after they saw a ‘bizarre handle’ poking from his pocket.

As the two officers approached, Rider attempted to flee but was restrained and arrested. During a search, officers uncovered the weapons along with class A and B drugs.

In interview, Rider claimed he knew it was an offence to carry the weapons but, “it was only for show.”

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JAILED: Ben Rider, 35

Rider, of Follens Road, Walpole St Andrew, near Wisbech, admitted charges of possessing an offensive weapon in public, resisting arrest and possession of class A and B drugs.

He was sentenced on Friday, January 11, at Peterborough Crown Court.

PC Harley Smart said: “Regardless of whether or not Rider intended to use the weapons, he broke the law and distressed a member of the public in the process.

“I would like to commend the quick-thinking member of the public who alerted officers and hope this sentencing will serve as a reminder of the consequences of carrying weapons”

The knuckle duster found on Rider's person

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The axe confiscated by police
The knife confiscated by police