Brighton drunk arrested after shoppers mistake his toy knife for the real thing

Posted On 15 Mar 2016 at 10:02 am
A toy knife. Image by Steve Hodgson from Flickr

Stock image of a toy knife by Steve Hodgson from Flickr

Shocked shoppers looked on as a man was arrested outside H&M in Western Road yesterday after reports he had a knife – but when officers took it out of his pocket, they discovered it was just a toy.

The man was first reported to Brighton Police after passers-by saw, alarmed by his drunken behaviour, saw what they thought was a knife.

But when the truth was discovered, the man was simply given an on the spot fine for a public order offence.

A Sussex Police spokesman said: “A man was given a fixed penalty notice under Section 5 of the Public Order Act after he was reported to have a knife in Western Road, Brighton on Friday afternoon (March 11).

“He had been spotted, apparently very intoxicated and singing, just after 2pm. Police attended and he was found to have a toy knife in his jeans, which had been spotted by passers-by alarmed by his behaviour.”

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