Man ar­rested out­side raid car­ried knife

Huddersfield Daily Examiner - - News -

A MAN ar­rested as po­lice car­ried out a drug raid on a Birkby house had a knife on him, a court heard.

But Jeremiah Simp­son claims that his pos­ses­sion of the blade was le­git­i­mate – as he’d used it to change a dress­ing on his fin­ger.

Kirklees Mag­is­trates’ Court was told that of­fi­cers ex­e­cuted a search war­rant at an ad­dress in Sufton Street on De­cem­ber 18 last year.

Prose­cu­tor Na­dine Clough ex­plained that they be­lieved that cannabis was be­ing grown at the prop­erty and Simp­son was sit­ting in a car out­side.

She said that as the ve­hi­cle was linked to the prop­erty the 32-year-old was ar­rested and later searched.

A lock knife was dis­cov­ered in Simp­son’s pocket, the Hud­der­s­field court was told.

But Simp­son, of Aqua­ma­rine Drive in Far­town, pleaded not guilty to a charge of pos­ses­sion of a bladed ar­ti­cle in a pub­lic place.

In his po­lice in­ter­view Simp­son said that he’d used it ear­lier that day to change a dress­ing on his fin­ger.

His trial will be held on March 4 and he was granted unconditional bail.

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