Following an investigation by Thames Valley Police, a man has been sentenced to a community order after he admitted being in possession of a knife in Milton Keynes.
Oluwadamilare Aremu, aged 18, of Burnmoor Close, Bletchley, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a knife blade/sharp pointed article in a public place in a hearing at Milton Keynes Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 7 July.
Returning to the same court for sentencing on Thursday (4/8), Aremu was sentenced to 200 hours of unpaid work.
On the evening of Wednesday 6 July, Aremu was a front seat passenger in a vehicle in Serpentine Court, Bletchley.
Following a stop and search, he was found in possession of a military style ‘rambo’ knife and was arrested.
He was charged in the early hours of the following morning and pleaded guilty at court the same day.
Investigating officer PC Mark Pugsley, based at Milton Keynes police station, said: “As a result of Operation Deter, we have secured a swift conviction and sentence of Aremu, who admitted being in possession of a knife.
“Due to our swift actions, we managed to take this knife off the streets and put Aremu before the courts within a day of the offence, for which he has now been sentenced.
“Aremu will have to conduct 200 hours of unpaid work as a result of his decision to carry this knife, and hopefully he will realise the consequences of his actions has led to a criminal conviction.
“Operation Deter will continue to target those seeking to carry knives in our communities.
“It is not acceptable behaviour in any circumstances, and you are more likely to become a victim of knife crime yourself if you choose to carry a knife.
“We will continue to work tirelessly to take these knives off the streets, making our communities safer and put offenders before the courts.”