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Homeless man admits knife possession in Workington

Carlisle Magistrates Court

A HOMELESS man has admitted possessing a knife in public at Workington during the early hours of Easter Sunday.

Philip Kyte, 30, appeared at North and West Cumbria Magistrates’ Court in Carlisle this morning (MON).

Thirty-year-old Kyte pleaded guilty to the possession of a bladed article in a public place, at Workington’s Campbell Savours Way, on April 21.

Magistrates heard the knife, which had a five-inch blade, was found on him following a town centre stop and search by police at 4-30am.

The offence was said to have been committed less than a fortnight after Kyte’s release from custody for a previous knife possession crime.

He had admitted the latest offence to police, saying he had the blade – which was not used to threaten – for “protection”. The court heard he had a “worrying number of (previous) convictions for identical offences”.

Kyte, of no fixed address, is due to be sentenced by a judge at the crown court on May 27.

In the meantime he was remanded in custody by magistrates.