Police swoop after man is spotted in town wielding a knuckle duster

Pictured is Spring Gardens, in Buxton.Pictured is Spring Gardens, in Buxton.
Pictured is Spring Gardens, in Buxton.
A young man was spotted on CCTV in a town centre with a knuckle duster and was also found to be armed with a lock knife.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on September 19 how Nathan Buxton, 21, of Park Road, Buxton, was seen with the knuckle duster in Spring Gardens, at Buxton, by a CCTV operator who alerted police.

Prosecuting solicitor Sarah Haslam said: “It was 10.45pm when a CCTV operator saw the defendant and footage showed the knuckle duster and the defendant imitating punching himself in the face with it.

“Seconds later police attended the scene.”

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Mrs Haslam added that the knuckle duster was seized and the defendant was also found with a quantity of cannabis and a Stanley lock knife was also found in a pocket.

Buxton told police he had bought the knuckle duster for £20 believing it was a slingshot and he had still got the knife after he had been working but it had slipped through a hole in his pocket.

The defendant, who has no previous convictions, pleaded guilty to possessing a weapon in a public place and admitted possessing a knife in a public place after the incident on September 1.

Defence solicitor Kirsten Collins said Buxton suffers with autism which has had a significant impact on his life but he has been well supported by his family.

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She added that he bought the knuckle duster thinking it was a slingshot and he had no intention to cause anyone any harm or fear with it.

Magistrates fined Buxton £120 and ordered him to pay £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

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