Jail for man who had 12-inch knife on Telford street

A former painter and decorator described as a recluse and a loner has been jailed for carrying a 12-inch knife in a public place.

Matthew Walls, 30, of Dalford Court, Hollinswood, Telford, admitted a charge of having an offensive weapon in his possession while drunk in Dawley High Street in the middle of the day in February.

Sentencing Walls to six months in custody at Shrewsbury Crown Court, Recorder Stephen Thomas said: "Stabbings are more common than they used to be because more and more people are carrying knives and using knives.

"You have a very bad record in this respect”

Edward Soulsby, prosecuting, told the court Walls has two previous convictions for having a knife and a bladed article in public.

He said police were called after reports of two drunk men jumping in front of cars on Dawley High Street.

On attending, police officers searched them and found a knife in Walls’ waistband.

Mr Soulsby added Walls began to argue with officers. However during interview he admitted the offence.

Ranjit Sandu, for Walls, said his client never brandished the knife or used it to threaten anyone.


He said his client realised he had previous convictions, and in the past his offending had been linked to an abusive home life.

However, he said his client had turned his life around, and had entered a guilty plea at the first opportunity.

He added that his client did not go out much and described him as a loner and recluse, who had only gone out drinking that day.

He also said his client had picked the knife up at someone’s home, but couldn’t give any reasonable explanation as to why he had the knife with him.

The court was told Walls had issues with class A drugs and alcohol, and that he had mental health problems and he could be a danger to other people.

The judge said he had to impose the minimum sentence of six months in prison, but Walls would serve half in custody and half on licence.

Date: 09 July 2018 | Source: Shropshire Star

More Telford News

 Children In Need: Shropshire joins in the fundraising fun

Eating rabbit food and raw eggs, baking cakes and collecting funds for a g..

 Blaze wrecks car in Telford street

Police in Telford are appealing for information after a car was wrecked in..

 Telford lighting up for Christmas

Telford's main Christmas lights switch-on was taking place today.

 Call for more Shropshire volunteers to transport patients

A father and son from Telford are calling for now volunteers to join them ..

 Rejection of camera plans at Telford car park welcomed

The rejection of "devastating" plans to install a number plate recognition..

 Official opening set for Telford's revamped square and iconic statue

The official opening of the refurbished Telford Square and Thomas Telford ..
View More

More UK News

Cardiff boy, 7, finally walks after losing both legs aged 3

Aged three, Romeo Hadley suffered purpura fulminans, which led to both his legs being amputated

On the border beat in County Armagh

Armoured cars are still a reality for Northern Ireland's border police officers

Obituary: Richard Baker

The pioneer BBC newsreader who also fronted a host of classical music programmes

Former BBC newsreader Richard Baker dies aged 93

Once one of the BBC's best known personalities, he introduced the first news bulletin on BBC TV in 1..

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson works out at Doncaster gym

Dwayne Johnson hit the weights at a Doncaster gym during a break from filming his latest blockbuster..
View More

Telford Businesses

Calendar Countdown

[[countdown here]]
[[countdown here]]

Upcoming Events in Telford

28 Nov 2018

Wednesday 28 November 8pm

Doors open 7.15pm

Show running time (approx): 45 minutes - 20 minutes interval - 45 minutes

Tickets £16.50

14+ (Parental Guidance). Likely to be swearing and adult content.

View Details

01 Dec 2018

9:30am - 12pm

Adult - £8.50

Child - £11.95

Family - £39

View Details

01 Dec 2018

2:30pm - 4:30pm

Please arrive 15 minutes before the start time to allow time to be seated.

Child - £14.95

Adult's - £9.95

Family Ticket - £45

View Details
View More