A drunk's immature attempt to hide a knife behind his back when confronted by police nearly landed him behind bars.
Henry Leiper, who was "off his face" on a cocktail of booze, cocaine and valium, was approached by officers after they'd received reports he'd been walking around streets in Berwick, in Northumberland, armed with a blade.
But, instead of handing over the weapon when asked, the 36-year-old tried to conceal it behind his back.
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South East Northumberland Magistrates' Court heard that Leiper was found to be holding the serrated bread knife with both hands and the blade pointing downwards.
Leiper, who has a previous conviction for having a knife in public, has now avoided an immediate stint behind bars after he pleaded guilty to possession of a bladed article.
Prosecutor, James Long, said police were called to Billendean Terrace, in Berwick, on June 9 this year following reports that a man was armed with a knife.
Mr Long added: "Officers see the defendant walking along the road.
"They go to speak to him. He seemed to be concealing a knife behind his back. He was clutching it with both hands with the blade pointing downwards.
"Officers recovered a large, serrated bread knife. The defendant said in interview he had been off his face on alcohol, valium and cocaine since Sunday [for three days]."
The court heard that Leiper had historically struggled with drug addiction but had now taken steps to address his issues.
Ian O'Rourke, defending, continued: "Remarkably, his offending came to a halt a couple of years ago.
"He was last before the court in 2019 for two shop thefts. Since then, he's kept completely out of trouble and done remarkably well with his drug addiction."
Leiper, of Hawthorne Crescent, in Berwick, was given a four-month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months.