Fareham man found with weapons haul jailed for two years

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POLICE uncovered a haul of weapons during a stop and search on a man in Fareham town centre.

Gary Lamb was found carrying a knife under his belt, a metal bar and a glass ball in a sock during the search.

He was jailed for two years at Portsmouth Crown Court after a judge said it was important to send a message to those who carry knives on the streets.

The court heard the 24-year-old armed himself because he had heard a group of men wanted to beat him up.

Lamb had only just been released from prison for threatening to kill his mother Susan Lamb and burn down her house in Beryton Road, Gosport.

When he got a text message from a friend warning him people were after him he gathered the terrifying assortment of weapons before leaving the house. But when he saw two police officers in West Street, Fareham, Lamb decided to own up.

He threw the metal bar on the floor and when he told the officers he had a knife they pinned him up against the wall of WHSmith and searched him.

Sentencing him District Circuit Judge Patrick Hooton said: ‘The serious part of all this is going out with a knife.

‘The fact is you went out that night, having only recently been released from another prison sentence, armed to the teeth.

‘You had a metal bar, a glass ball in a sock and a knife.

‘That’s the sort of thing the court takes a dim view about.’

Lamb swore and called the sentence a joke as he was led away.

Lamb, of Redlands Lane, Fareham, pleaded guilty to one count of possessing a knife in public and two counts of possessing an offensive weapon.

Natalie Wood, defending, said: ‘He was extremely concerned for his own safety.

‘It’s for that reason, he says, that he armed himself.’

Miss Wood said Lamb had already decided to go to the police and tell them about the men who were after him when he saw the officers in the street.