Peterborough teen threw away knife and drugs while running from police

A teenager desperately threw away a knife and drugs while running from police officers in Peterborough.

Tuesday, 30th July 2019, 12:05 pm
Court news.

Officers attempted to detain Lukas Mauricas, 18, on suspicion of bike theft on 29 March this year.

But he ran and a chase ensued in the Westgate area of Queensgate. The officer saw him throw a knife to the ground and discard a bag under a vehicle.

Mauricas, of Manton, Bretton, was caught and arrested a short while later. The knife and bag, which contained two smaller bags of cannabis, were recovered.

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Mauricas pleaded guilty to possession of a knife and possession of class B drugs and was sentenced at Peterborough Crown Court to 20 weeks in a young offenders institute, suspended for 12 months, and 140 hours of unpaid work.

PC Jim Huddlestone said: “Although Mauricas admitted what he did at the earliest opportunity and that he claimed to be carrying the weapon in self-defence, as we have seen time and time again this can have very serious consequences.”

If you know someone who carries a knife or other offensive weapon, report it by calling 101 or visiting www.cambs.police.uk/report.

Always call 999 in an emergency.