A man has been convicted after being found in possession of a potentially lethal weapon.
On Friday 22nd December, at around 4.05pm, police patrolling Fleet Street in Brighton saw an altercation break out between two men.
When the situation was scrutinised it was discovered that one of the men possessed a pair of nunchakus.
Special Constable (SC) Josh Howell approached both the men and ordered the armed man to drop his weapon. He initially failed to do this.
Police Constable (PC) Mark Fox supported the SC and deployed his Police Dog (PD) Max.
The suspect then readily complied and was swiftly arrested and charged with being in possession of an offensive weapon in a public place.
The man was 26-year-old William Gunn, unemployed, of Fleet Street, Brighton.
PC Fox explained: “While on patrol, we saw two men having a very heated verbal altercation with one another in the street. On pulling up to speak with them, we noticed one of the men had a set of nunchakus in his hands.
“Concerned for the safety of the public, I ran to the back of my van to deploy PD Max. I obtained control of the suspect with PD Max, using verbal commands only, and gained immediate compliance.
“SC Howell then moved forward and handcuffed him, before making the arrest for being in possession of an offensive weapon.
“This is a weapon which, if in the wrong hands, could be potentially lethal. There is no place on the streets of Sussex for items such as this, and anyone caught in possession of an offensive weapon will be dealt with robustly.”
On Thursday 8th Feburary Gunn had his trial at Lewes Crown Court, and pleaded guilty to the offence. He was sentenced to eight months’ imprisonment and suspended for 24 months. He has also been ordered to pay £250 costs and a further £140 victim surcharge.
The weapon has been destroyed so it can no longer pose a danger to the public.