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Man was acting ‘erratically’ outside house carrying knife and hammer

POLICE responded to reports of a man outside his house brandishing a knife and a hammer.

Blackburn magistrates heard there were children on the street at the time of Craig Carmichael’s “erratic” behaviour.

Carmichael, 50, of Whitby Drive, Blackburn, pleaded guilty to possessing a bladed article in a public place and possession of a hammer in a public place.

He was remanded on bail for the preparation of a pre-sentence report.

Jade Coleman, prosecuting, said police were called to Whitby Drive at 6.30pm. Carmichael was detained outside his house and the knife and hammer were handed to the police by a member of his family.

“He was acting as if he was under the influence of something and the police found numerous empty packets of prescription medication inside his house,” said Miss Coleman.

“Witnesses said he was offering his neighbours out for a fight.

“He pointed the knife at one man and pulled the hammer out of his jacket pocket. People were put in real fear.”

Aftab Bakhat, defending, said his client had missed his first court appearance because he had taken an overdose and ended up in hospital.

“He clearly has issues and a pre-sentence report is necessary,” said Mr Bakhat.

“He lives at the address with his 73-year-old mother who has broken both her wrists and relies on him.

“He has been on bail since the incident on June 2 and there have been no further incidents.”

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