Man jailed after being caught with three knives while driving without a licence or insurance
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A driver who was caught without a licence or insurance was also found to be carrying three knives in his car.
Alvis Sirmanis was stopped while driving in Cotton Brook Road, Derby, on Friday 8 October.
Sirmanis was found not to have a licence or insurance and was arrested. Officers then searched the car and found three knives.
The 44-year-old, of Tower Street, Derby, was charged and then remanded for the following offences:
Three counts of possession of a knife in public
Possession of an offensive weapon
Driving whilst otherwise in accordance with a licence
Driving without insurance
He appeared at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court on Saturday 9 October and pleaded guilty to all six offences and was jailed for six months. He also activated a further four-week sentence that had been previously suspended.
The three knives found in Sirmanis' car
DS Chris Barker, from the Derbyshire Constabulary’s Risk Reduction Team, said: “On an all too regular basis officers have to tell loved ones that their families will be missing a piece forever because of a moment that could have been so easily avoided.
“Carrying a knife makes you no safer, you are up to three times more likely to be stabbed yourself if you carry one.
“If you think someone you know is carrying a knife then please report it to your local police force – it really could be a life-saving call.”
If you have information about a person carrying a knife then you can report it at any time, in confidence, using any of the below methods:
Facebook– send us a private message to /DerbyshireConstabulary
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