Buxton man was going to use knuckle duster as belt buckle

High Peak Magistrates Court, Buxton.
High Peak Magistrates Court, Buxton.

A Buxton man stopped by police late at night was found to be carrying a knuckle duster, a court heard.

Officers on Manchester Road at 11.40pm on March 20 saw Jason Grant attempt to cover his face as they went past, High Peak Magistrates’ Court heard.

There had been a number of thefts in the area so they stopped Grant and spoke to him, prosecutor Jennifer Fitzgerald said.

Before searching him, they asked him if he had anything on him he shouldn’t have and Grant voluntarily produced the knuckle duster from his pocket.

In interview, he said he was intending to use the item to make a belt buckle.

The 26-year-old, of Fairfield Road, admitted possessing an offensive weapon.

Kirsten Collings, defending, said Grant had no intention to use the knuckle duster to scare anyone.

He was fined £110, ordered to pay £85 costs and a £20 surcharge. Magistrates ordered the forfeiture and destruction of the knuckle duster.