A man escaped jail, with an alternative sentence of 120 hours’ community service, after being found with a lock knife.
At Jedburgh Sheriff Court, Martin Price, 27, of Allars Bank, admitted having a lock knife in Cross Wynd on January 22.
Police on mobile patrol were flagged down by a member of the public concerned about Price’s drunken state.
“He was intoxicated and was searched, when a lock knife was found attached to a keyring in his jacket pocket,” explained depute fiscal Mark Keane.
The knife had a 6cm cutting edge.
Defence lawyer Rory Bannerman said his client had been “commendably honest and frank” about the offence, realising he should have removed the knife from the keyring.