Thornton-Cleveleys man named and charged after knuckle duster find

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It was one of a number of incidents in the Fleetwood and Thornton-Cleveleys area


Coniston Avenue, Thornton-Cleveleys
Coniston Avenue, Thornton-Cleveleys

A man is set to appear in court after allegedly being found by police with a weapon.

Officers were called to reports of a disturbance at 9.25am on Saturday (December 11) on Coniston Avenue, Thornton.

There a 53-year-old man from Thornton was searched and allegedly found in possession of a knuckle duster.

As a result, Anthony Bell, 53 of Fleetwood Road North, Thornton, was arrested and charged with possessing an offensive weapon in a public place. He is to appear at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court on January 4.

It was one of a number of incidents in the Fleetwood and Thornton-Cleveleys area over the weekend

In a separate incident a 51-year-old man from Thornton was seen close to Vue Cinema in the town. Members of the public saw the man in possession of a knife with the blade exposed. Police were informed and the man was detained a short time later. He was arrested after being found in possession of a green lock knife and given a police caution.

Finally, a vehicle was seen by police in the Fleetwood area travelling at speed.

The vehicle was stopped and smelt strongly of cannabis. Following a search of the vehicle a 34-year-old man from Fleetwood was arrested on suspicion of possession of Class A and Class B drugs.

He was also arrested for driving whilst unfit through drugs. He was issued with a police caution in relation to the possession of drugs, with the drug-driving remaining under investigation.

A Lancashire Constabulary spokesperson said: “Over the weekend Fleetwood Immediate Response have taken positive action against three men after utilising stop-search powers. The three men were arrested in three separate incidents with weapons and a quantity of drugs recovered.

“There is an increased police presence in Fleetwood and Thornton-Cleveleys. Violent incidents and possession of drugs and weapons will not be tolerated and will be dealt with robustly.

“One of the incidents detailed below was reported by a concerned member of the public and our response shows how seriously we take reports of knives and weapons. If you need to report a crime or concern, please call 101 or report via our online recording facility on the Lancashire Police website.”