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Teen accused of illegal axe possession on Carlisle industrial estate

Carlisle Crown Court

A TEENAGER accused of illegally having an axe in public on a Carlisle industrial estate is to stand trial later this year.

Nineteen-year-old James Miller appeared at the city’s crown court this morning (WED).

Miller faces one charge. This alleges that he was in possession of an article with a blade or point, namely at an axe, “without good reason or lawful authority”, on the Kingstown industrial estate.

This charge arises out of an incident which is said to have occurred on March 7 this year.

During a short hearing, Miller, of Empire Park, Gretna, pleaded not guilty when the allegation was put to him by a court clerk.

A timetable for the progression of the case was agreed by the respective lawyers in the case.

A trial in front of a jury is due to take place in the week of October 5 and, it is estimated, will last around two days.

Miller was reminded by the judge, Recorder Eric Lamb, to co-operate with the preparation of a statement setting out his defence to the allegation.

Until the week of his trial, he was granted unconditional bail.