Knife and drug carrying man put behind bars in rapid time

Brian Harkness was found in Byker (Image: Northumbria Police)Brian Harkness was found in Byker (Image: Northumbria Police)
Brian Harkness was found in Byker (Image: Northumbria Police) | Northumbria Police
Brian Harkness went from arrest to jail in 72 hours

A man spotted carrying a knife and a quantity of pills walking in Byker has been arrested by police.

The Neighbourhood Policing Team were on patrol on Friday night when they spotted Brian Harkness acting suspiciously on Shields Road, Byker.

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The team approached the 37-year-old who then became subject to a stop and search.

Officers recovered a knife and a quantity of drugs, which were later found to be Pregablin and diazepam, better known as Valium.

Harkness was arrested and taken into custody before being charged with possession of a bladed article and a Class C Drug the following day.

On Monday, January 17 Harkness appeared at Newcastle Magistrates' Court where he admitted to both offences and was jailed for 21 weeks.

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Speaking after the hearing, Inspector Dave Whelan praised the quick-thinking actions of his officers.

He said: “This case goes to show just how much influence our Neighbourhood Policing Teams can have within our communities.

“This was a very fast-paced investigation which saw Harkness jailed in less than 72 hours from his initial arrest.

“We hope our communities know that where we see criminality, action will be taken.

"There is never an excuse to carry a knife, or any kind of illegal drugs on our streets and firm action will be taken to anyone we find involved in this type of activity.”

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