Police called to Leeds beer garden fight where man had 10-inch knife

Ryan Simpson, 29, was arrested by police who were called to The Engine pub, in Hunslet. He appeared at Leeds Crown Court accused of having a 10-inch carving knife in his possession.
Ryan Simpson, 29, was arrested by police who were called to The Engine pub, in Hunslet. He appeared at Leeds Crown Court accused of having a 10-inch carving knife in his possession.

A MAN was caught on camera holding a carving knife after a fight in a pub beer garden, a court heard.

Ryan Simpson, 29, was arrested by police who were called to The Engine pub, in Hunslet, after a disturbance involving a group of men.

Leeds Crown Court heard police had initially been called to the Hunslet area around 5.50pm on March 24 this year after a report that Simpson had been attacked.

Officers arrived to find that Simpson had suffered injuries to his face and teeth.

Police left the scene but a further call was made around 10 minutes later to report that Simpson was outside the pub and had a knife down his trousers.

Caira Riordan, prosecuting, said there had been a scuffle between a group of men but Simpson had left by the time officers arrived.

Paramedics who were called to the pub said they had spoken to Simpson and he had refused treatment before leaving the area.

A witness told police that Simpson had been carrying a ten-inch long carving knife and had been shouting and swearing.

The court was shown CCTV footage from the pub of Simpson carrying the weapon.

Simpson, of Arthington Court, Hunslet, was arrested and pleaded guilty to possession of a knife in a public place.

He has previous convictions for assault and threatening behaviour. Lorraine Harris, mitigating, said Simpson had been suffering from mental health issues but was responding well to medical help. The barrister said he was now in a stable relationship and his partner was expecting their child.

Simpson was given a six month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months, and ordered to take part in a 20-day rehabilitation programme.

Judge Christopher Batty said: “I have just been persuaded to suspend the sentence. People who carry knives around should go to prison.”

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