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Monday, 24 November 2014

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‘You’ll never take me’ knifeman tells police

A MAN who was spotted roaming around Millom with a knife in each hand has been jailed for eight months.

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MARTIN LAMBILLION

Martin Lambillion told police who arrested him “You’ll never take me. I’ll batter you.” He also commented “I’ll stab you”.

He was detained after a 999 call was originally made to report an ‘aggressive male’ with knives in the Millom area.

Lambillion, 35, of King Street, Millom, had pleaded guilty to two offences of having a bladed article in a public place.

Magistrates had committed him for sentencing at Preston Crown Court. The defendant had also admitted threatening behaviour, but the judge allowed his plea to be ‘vacated’ on legal grounds, after a dispute over where the offence had taken place.

Police were called on April 27 to reports a man had been seen with knives acting aggressively in the area of the Peel Hotel in Millom.

A man playing with his children in the area noticed a man carrying a large knife.

Prosecuting, Mr Karl Berry said: “The defendant had an angry look on his face. The witness followed him, anticipating there would be trouble.

“He heard loud banging noises, then noticed that he was carrying two knives, one in each hand.

“The defendant was heading towards a nearby rugby club”.

Police went to the area and recognised Lambillion. They went to apprehend him and eventually detained him at the rear of his address. He wasn’t carrying any weapons at that stage.

Mr Berry added: “The defendant kept indicating, rather than giving a straight answer, that he would sort it out and ‘they’ would pay for causing him grief.

“When told to accompany them to the police station he became aggressive and shouted ‘you’ll never take me, I’ll batter you’.

“He also said ‘You are not taking me. I’ll stab you’”. He then lunged towards an officer for a second time and so an incapacitant spray was deployed in his face.

Defence barrister Mr Andrew Evans said none of Lambillion’s previous offences on his record had involved a weapon.

“On this occasion he wanted to defend himself, having been assaulted”, he said.

“No-one was threatened with the knife. There is no evidence to suggest he approached anyone”.

The court was also told he was in the grip of a very serious alcohol problem.

Mr Evans said prison would not help Lambillion with his problems. It had not done so in the past.

The judge, Recorder Tim Smith, said he did not think he could do anything other than give Lambillion an immediate custodial sentence”.

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