A MAN has avoided an immediate jail sentence after being convicted of possessing a knife in a public place.

Michael Peter O’Shea was charged with possessing the blade in Barrow’s Warwick Street on March 15.

The 41-year-old admitted the charges when he appeared at South Cumbria Magistrates’ Court on June 4.

He was said to have carried a folding pocket knife, the blade of which was longer than three inches.

O’Shea, of Ainslie Street in Barrow, has now been sentenced following a hearing at Preston Crown Court.

The defendant was sentenced to six months in prison for the offence.

But the court suspended the sentence for two years.

O’Shea was also ordered to undertake 25 rehabilitation activity requirement days.

For possessing the knife, the defendant was also sentenced to a community order.

He will have to stay at his home between the hours of 7pm and 7am for the next three months and will be subjected to electronic monitoring. The crown court also ordered the forfeiture and destruction of the defendant’s folding pocket knife.