King’s Lynn man carried knife in town ‘as he feared for safety’

The crest above the entrance to King's Lynn Court in College Lane.
The crest above the entrance to King's Lynn Court in College Lane.

An 18-year-old man has been handed a suspended jail term for possessing a Stanley knife in Lynn’s town centre.

Officers found Shaun Tweed, of no fixed abode, with the knife in Norfolk Street, Lynn, in the early hours of February 9.

Tweed pleaded guilty to the offence at a hearing in Lynn on Monday.

Fergus Harold, prosecuting, said that the police had been alerted to Tweed because of an incident, which had happened nearby.

Two other defendants appeared in court for assault and attempted robbery charges during a separate hearing, which was held earlier in the day.

Mr Harold said that while Tweed was not directly involved with the incident, that he was still present with a knife at the time.

The court was told that, during a police interview, the defendant said the pair had asked him for his knife during the incident, and they had looked for it in his rucksack.

Mr Harold said: “The knife was held in dangerous circumstances, there are concerns that had the victim been stronger, we have to question what would have happened with that knife.”

The court heard that Tweed also told officers he had the knife with him as he had “got people after him for a drugs deal”.

It was also said that during the alleged assault and attempted robbery, that the defendant told the pair to “get off of” the victim, and he had regretted not doing more.

Tiffany Meredith, mitigating, said: “It is quite important to emphasise that he was nothing to do with that attack. He wished he had done more to stop it.

“He hadn’t known the other two for a long period of time, and didn’t know what they were capable of.

“The knife was not going to be used, and the other two didn’t find it. He would not have let them use it.”

Miss Meredith added that her client, who had been in foster care since he was 11 and was now 18, was having to support himself and had got himself into difficulties.

Tweed was handed a six-week sentence, suspended for a year, and was told he would have to do 50 hours’ unpaid work and a Rehabilitation Activity Requirement (RAR) for 20 days.

Magistrates further ordered him to pay a £115 victim surcharge. The knife was ordered to be forfeited and destroyed.