Knife man avoids a jail sentence

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.