A SCARBOROUGH man who was found by police with a kitchen knife down his trousers has been sentenced.
Joshua Hollyoak, 50, of Princess Street, pleaded guilty to possession of a knife in a public place.
Katy Varlow, prosecuting, said the offence had taken place on May 9 in Castle Gardens in Scarborough’s Old Town.
She added: “Police received information that someone with a knife was slumped with a can. They could see the handle of the knife from a pocket.”
The kitchen knife had a seven inch blade.
Nick Tubbs, mitigating, said: “The facts are not in dispute.
“He had a knife tucked into his trousers. At no stage was he brandishing it or threatening to use it.
“He threw it on the ground when police arrived.
“What is clear is that he has got problems and he receives considerable support and help. He has ongoing deficiencies with reading, writing and issues with alcohol and mental health.”
Hollyoak was given a community order with the condition that he is supervised by the probation service for 18 months.
He will also pay £85 costs at a rate of £5 per week.