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Carrying a knife in public is a “fool’s errand”, according to one Gloucester judge.

That is even more so when someone appears in court charged with offences related to knife crime.

Recently knife crime has come back under the spotlight after a series of incidents, including the guilty verdict of a teenager who was found guilty of murder after he stabbed 17-year-old Josh Hall in Gloucestershire.

Read more:Trial date set into alleged murder of Matthew Boorman near Tewkesbury

Among those include poor Nico Kent who suffered life-threatening injuries when he was attacked in his home by two masked men in a ‘cold-blooded’ incident.

Those two men are now inside for a long time.

Below are some of the others who have brought knives onto the streets of Gloucestershire.

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Gloucestershire Live reports on all manner of cases to ensure justice is seen to be done. Crown court is where the most serious cases are dealt with whereas magistrates courts generally deal with lower-level crimes.

Below are some of 2021’s most high-profile cases.

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Two men who brutally beat up a couple in Gloucester city centre, leaving them with multiple fractures, were jailed for a total of four years and ten months in January.

Prosecutor David Scutt told Gloucester Crown Court that before the attack on Tina Smith and John Cater the couple, who were living at the Central Hotel, in Gloucester, had been regularly threatened by Christopher Stevens, 32, over an alleged drug debt.

Mr Scutt said that Stevens, of Clarence Street, and James Bradnock, 34, of Whitfield Street, spotted Ms Smith and Mr Cater leaving a supermarket in the Norfolk Street area on Sunday August 16 and decided to follow them.

“When Ms Smith and Mr Cater sat on a low wall they were approached by both men,” said Mr Scutt. “Ms Smith noticed that they were both carrying weapons in their hands – one had a knife and the other a hammer.”

A man brandished a knife in a Gloucester city chip shop full of waiting customers.

Carl Douglas, 44, entered the Chicken Feast shop in Tredworth High Street at around 1.30pm on December 19, 2019 and became “increasingly agitated”, Gloucester Crown Court heard on Friday June 25.

After another customer tried to calm him down, that other customer left the shop before Douglas followed him onto the street still waving the knife.

Armed police arrived on the scene within seconds and arrested Douglas after he tried to dispose of the knife in a doorway, said the prosecutor.

The judge, Recorder Richard Mawhinney, told Douglas: “Your record suggests you are a danger to the public and therefore only a custodial sentence is justified.”

Two men involved in a “ferocious” machete attack in which the victim sustained life-threatening injuries have been jailed.

Liam Wells and Daniel Banks donned balaclavas when they turned up at an address in Mathews Way, Stroud, in the early hours of February 6.

Bristol Crown Court heard Wells, who had a dispute with Steven Pace over a woman, stabbed him in the stomach and when Mr Pace lay helpless Banks kicked and stamped on him, the court was told.

As a result, Mr Pace sustained injuries including herniation of the bowel, a dislocated right shoulder and the amputation of the top of his right middle finger.

“A brutal, premeditated and utterly cold-blooded gang attack” cost two men 26 years’ jail.

Kevin McNeil and Sadique Thomas were two of the masked, armed raiders who attacked a man at his home in Salisbury Road, Gloucester, on August 2 last year .

Bristol Crown Court heard Nico Kent suffered life-threatening injuries in the terrifying assault, where others were present including a baby.

As part of the investigation around 20 knives and machetes were seized and neighbourhood policing officers conducted reassurance patrols in the area.

A Gloucester teenager has been locked up in a young offenders institution for nine months for trying to dispose of his ‘Zombie’ machete under a car while he was being arrested in the city.

Montel Fishley, 19, of Shakespeare Avenue, Podsmead , pleaded guilty at Gloucester Crown Court in August to possessing a bladed article in Moorfield Road, Brockworth on July 13, 2021.

Judge Jason Taylor QC told Fishley: “Carrying a knife, especially a zombie machete, for protection carries no weight with me whatsoever as there is no justification for it. This is a fool’s errand and you should know that from your previous experiences.

“For somebody so young you already have seven convictions for 19 offences which already includes a possessing a knife in a public place conviction.”

A gang broke into a home in Bishop’s Cleeve and stole a ceremonial sword.

Ashley McNulty. 32. of Oldbury Road, Cheltenham, and at least three others burgled a property in Kayte Close, Bishop’s Cleeve, on February 1 this year, Gloucester Crown Court heard earlier this week (Tuesday October 5)

“The burglary occurred at 6.30pm, under cover of darkness, as the intruders smashed a kitchen door to gain access and stole a ceremonial sword and regimental stick and other items while the home owners were out,” said prosecutor Robin Shellard.

“The burglars had hired a Mercedes car which was later tracked to having been at the property at the appropriate time and at other gang members addresses in the town.

“Police scenes of crime officers later checked over the hire car and found DNA belong to McNulty inside it.

“McNulty was part of a gang who went equipped for burglary, which was obviously planned in advance.”

A 21-year-old Gloucester man who attempted to set fire to a home by pouring detergent over the front door – which he believed to be an accelerant – has been ordered not to touch alcohol for 90 days.

Sam Evans also admitted carrying four knives and assaulting police officers during his night of crimes.

At Gloucester Crown Court on September 8 Alun Williams, prosecuting, said that at 3am on November 6 last year, the occupant heard somebody banging his front door in the Abbeydale area of Gloucester.

He answered the door and standing outside ‘with a smirk on his face’ was Evans, who was unknown to him.

Evans, 21, of Raven Close, Gloucester, pleaded guilty to the attempted arson on November 6, 2020. He also admitted possessing four knives in a public place, and assaulting two police officers, PC Jenkins and PC McWalter on the same date.

A 36-year-old Gloucester man tried to import an illegal weapon – a knuckleduster knife – he bought from online.

Richard Rees of Weston Road, Gloucester, did not understand that such a weapon was prohibited under British legislation, Gloucester Crown Court was told on September 28.

Prosecutor Charlotte Evans said that on Saturday, July 25 last year a Customs officer intercepted a package containing a knuckleduster knife with a seven centimetre blade.

Rees admitted a charge of being knowingly concerned with the fraudulent evasion of a prohibition restriction of a prohibited weapon by importation last year.

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