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Man armed himself with knife after being 'bullied' by youths in Lincoln

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: November 09, 2012

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A vulnerable Lincoln man who armed himself with a knife blade after being bullied by local youths was spared jail by a judge.

Paul Beckett admitted confronting a 14-year-old boy with the weapon after becoming fed up with gangs gathering outside his flat in Moorland Avenue.

Lincoln Crown Court heard Beckett, 34, held the steak knife blade out in front of himself after coming out of his home and warned the teenager: "If you don't move I'm going to use it."

When the teenager asked Beckett if it was a knife he replied "yes," the court was told.

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The boy, who had been visiting a local skate park, felt "scared" and cycled off, Andrew Scott, prosecuting, said.

Police were called and seized the knife blade.

During interview Beckett admitted he had mistaken the 14-year-old boy for other teenagers who had hounded him.

The court heard Beckett had previously received a police caution for carrying a knife in a supermarket for his own protection, after he had, again, been bullied.

Jon Straw, mitigating, told the court Beckett had now been rehoused in another area to avoid any further bullying.

Mr Straw said: "He is a very isolated individual who has been picked on for most of his life."

Beckett, formerly of Moorland Avenue, Lincoln, pleaded guilty to possessing a bladed article on March 14, this year.

He was sentenced to seven months in prison, suspended for two years.

He was also placed under the supervision of a probation officer for two years.

Sparing Beckett jail, Judge Sean Morris said he was clearly a vulnerable individual who was being picked on by local youths.

But Judge Morris warned Beckett: "This carrying of knives has to stop. Next time the court's hands will be tied and you will have to go to prison."

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  • bill2b  |  November 13 2012, 7:14PM

    You see there you go again, anything i post winds you up in the highest extreme. Just take a deep breath and relax but obviously not near my excrement pile." Ha ha very good, I like your style. Back to the story I do feel for the poor vulnerable bloke and constantly hassled by yobs and not a policeperson in sight no wonder he resorted to the knife wrong I know but he must have been pretty desperate, The teenager was playing the poor innocent no doubt. Unfortunately nowadays youngsters know full well that they can do what they like and will not get touched. I was in Aldi car park the other day just about to reverse into a parking slot when a lad on a moped came bombing round and nearly crashed into me, when I got out I suggested quite politely that ha should be careful driving his bike as he nearly crashed into me, I got the usual "What did I do" and "I never hit you" and "You stopped in the middle of the car park" rubbish. Then once I put my money in the trolley he proceeded to yank his helmet off and shouted at me "What you gonna do about it eh eh, Im a 16 year old come on what you gonna do". I nearly brought up a lung laughing but in reality I should be allowed to clock the little sod, it might stop him getting worse. In the end I went shopping and he went back to St Giles.

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  • Cloth_Ears  |  November 13 2012, 6:47PM

    The first example in the Oxford English Dictionary is dated 1548, and that has hare. But the second is from 1581, and that has hair. Sir Walter Scott used the latter it in The Monastery in 1820 ("If hairbrained courage, and an outrageous spirit of gallantry, can make good his pretensions to the high lineage he claims, these qualities have never been denied him") There are many examples of the hair spelling, from Britain and America, throughout the nineteenth century and down to the present day. So it's not enough to say that one is an error and the other not. At the very least, it's an error of such antiquity that the patina of age has softened the hard edges of disfavour.

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  • lynnlincoln  |  November 13 2012, 5:07PM

    By the way Big Ears it's hare not hair.

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  • Roadscource  |  November 13 2012, 1:54PM

    "I've heard some hair brained things in my time but this one tops them all!" Even the one in the story about sorting the problem out with a knife? Cant understand your logic on this one.

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  • Roadscource  |  November 13 2012, 1:52PM

    "Why not compile an audio tape of the diarrhoea you spout Rashy, and play it on a loop 24/7. That should successfully drive away anyone in a radius of a few miles." You see there you go again, anything i post winds you up in the highest extreme. Just take a deep breath and relax but obviously not near my excrement pile.

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  • Lincoln_Biker  |  November 12 2012, 3:24PM

    " by piling up rotting dog excrement (within my property) up against the fence." Why not compile an audio tape of the diarrhoea you spout Rashy, and play it on a loop 24/7. That should successfully drive away anyone in a radius of a few miles.

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  • Linc0lnTriker  |  November 12 2012, 1:08PM

    What a cracking idea Roadscource, I have some troublesome youths that congregate near my property and don't seem to want to move, i'll give your idea a try.

  • Cloth_Ears  |  November 12 2012, 9:51AM

    "I disperse them every time, by piling up rotting dog excrement (within my property) up against the fence." Why don't you go one step further and stand by the fence adourned in sweaty socks whilst simultaneously blowing a dog whistle, this high pitched sound won't effect passers by but the youths won't enjoy it one bit! I've heard some hair brained things in my time but this one tops them all!

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  • Roadscource  |  November 09 2012, 12:51PM

    A 34 year old man being bullied by a 14 year old sounds odd. I can sympathise with people having to suffer louts congregating outside their home but a knife is not the answer. I live next to a remote path once regularily congregated by youths drinking and smoking god knows what but i disperse them every time the location begins to become a popular haunt, as it does from time to time, by piling up rotting dog excrement (within my property) up against the fence. The smell only affects the immediate vicinity so anyone passing through is not inconvenienced but hangers on soon think otherwise. Effective and flawless.

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