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Man facing sentence for Carlisle city centre knife crime

Carlisle Crown Court

A MAN is set to be sentenced next month for the illegal possession of a knife in central Carlisle.

Richard Keith Ballantyne, 42, faced one charge when he appeared at the city’s court earlier today (WED).

Ballantyne pleaded guilty to one offence of having an article – a Stanley knife – which had a blade or point, without good reason or lawful authority in a public place. He is said to have had the knife illegally in his possession at English Street in Carlisle on May 6 this year.

Judge Nicholas Barker adjourned the case and asked for the preparation of a pre-sentence report by the probation service.

Ballantyne, of John Street, Carlisle, is due to be sentenced for the crime at the crown court on July 1.

In the meantime he was remanded in custody by Judge Barker.