Man jailed after Wigan police station knife alert

A man has been jailed after turning up at Wigan police headquarters armed with a knife.

Friday, 26th October 2018, 4:08 pm
Updated Friday, 26th October 2018, 5:13 pm
Wigan Police Station

Jonathan Rutter had even given the authorities notice of his intentions so that he could be sent to prison, Bolton Crown Court heard.

But when the 24-year-old, of no fixed address, actually appeared in the dock before a judge, having pleaded guilty to possessing a pointed or bladed article in public, he had changed his mind and his legal team requested that he only be given a suspended prison term.

However, the judge said only a custodial sentence was appropriate, and so Rutter’s original wish was granted after all. He was given six months in jail and his weapon was confiscated and destroyed.

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Rutter had already admitted the offence at Wigan Magistrates’ Court. The Bolton hearing was told that on September 24 police were made aware that the defendant had made a call to his probation officer telling them of his plans to attend Wigan Police Station on Robin Park Road armed with a knife, as he believed he should be back in prison.

A short time later he attended the station and notified the inquiry desk staff that he was armed. Officers found a small kitchen knife in his pocket and arrested him.