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Appleby man denies knife possession

Carlisle Magistrates Court

An Appleby man accused of possession of a bladed article in a public place has appeared in court.

Donald Campbell Luachlin-Hirst appeared before Carlisle Magistrates Court today [MON] he also faced an allegation from the same day, August 8 of using threatening, abusive and insulating words or behaviour with intent to cause fear of provoke violence.

This allegation was witnessed by three-neighbours on Meadow Close prosecutor John Moran said.

When the two-charges were read out to Lauchlin-Hirst, he pleaded not-guilty to both allegations, the court was told the allegation is he was found in the street where he lives Meadow Close “brandishing” a knife.

The case was sent to Carlisle Crown Court for a pre-trial-preparation-hearing on November 6.

The 59-year-old was granted conditional bail in that he must not contact three [named] female witnesses to the alleged incident.

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