A MAN who had a telescopic baton at his home has been sentenced by a court.

Michael Grindrod, of Millersdale, Clock Face, appeared before Liverpool, Knowsley and St Helens Magistrates' Court on Monday, June 3. 

Grindrod, 36, pleaded guilty to possessing an offensive weapon in a private place.

Magistrates ordered the forfeiture and destruction of the baton.

Grindrod was fined £120.

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An application was made for a Serious Violence Reduction Order (SVROs), a measure aimed at tackling knife crime and violent offending.

However, the magistrates refused this application on the basis that the test was not satisfied.

A court sheet said this was because the weapon "was not used by the defendant in the commission of the offence" and "did not have the weapon with them when the offence was committed".

It was added: "The weapon was simply found in a private place" and magistrates ruled the order "was not necessary to protect the public or prevent the defendant from committing an offence involving an offensive weapon".