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NOT SO SHARP: Hemel Hempstead knife-wielding man rattled police station gates

 Published on: 31st January 2023   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

A Hemel man who had been drinking and taken the drug Spice turned up at the town’s police station with a knife.

Wayne Dixon, 54, was suffering hallucinations when he “aggressively” rattled the gates of the station car park at half past nine at night.

Prosecutor Rhian Wood told St Albans crown court today/Tuesday that an officer saw him draw back the right side of his jacket to reveal the handle of the 10 inch knife, coming out of the right pocket of his jeans.

He pulled it out saying: “I have got a knife.” The officer told Hickman to drop it, which he did immediately.

Dixon was arrested transported to Hatfield police station. He told the officers: “I honestly wasn’t do anything with the knife. It was more of a precaution sort of thing.”

He said he picked the knife in the grass and said he had thoughts of self-harm.

Dixon of Long Chaulden, Hemel appeared for sentence, having pleaded guilty to possessing a blade on the night of October 24 last year.

Defending, Brad Lawlor said at the time he was extremely vulnerable and suffered from delusions and hallucinations connected to his use of Spice. He had attempted to cut his wrists 3 months earlier.

Judge Michael Roques said he had given the knife up immediately and passed an 18 month community order with 80 hours’ unpaid work and 25 rehabilitation days.

He said he hoped the probation service could point him in the direction of mental health help.

The judge warned him: “If if happens again you are going straight inside. Do you understand?”

Dixon replied: “Absolutely.”

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