Fareham man admits carrying knife and stealing bike

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A MAN has appeared at court charged with attempting to steal a bicycle from Fareham Leisure Centre and carrying a knife.

Sean Barnes, from The Hillway, Fareham, admitted the attempted theft and going equipped for theft with boltcroppers on Thursday, August 29. He admitted being in possession of a metal throwing knife at West Street, Portchester on Monday, August 5.

He had been found guilty in his absence at a previous trial for attempting to travel on railway without paying a fare on Wednesday, February 27.

The 19-year old appeared at Fareham Magistrates’ Court on Friday. The court heard that Barnes had missed a probation meeting as he had got the dates of his meeting and trial confused so a full report could not be presented to the magistrates.

Chairwoman Dr Nancy North gave Barnes a stern warning.

She said: ‘Yours has not been a very impressive performance so far. We could have sent you to custody.’

She added: ‘You are new to the adult justice system. We want to have the full facts before the bench so we can make full decision. You are wasting court time if you do not attend these meetings. I will not condone the waste of expensive court time again.’

The case was adjourned for the reports to be prepared. Barnes will appear again at Fareham Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, October 16.