Man who hid a Stanley knife from police in his trousers is jailed

Oliver Dalby has been jailed after carrying a knife in public while drunk

Oliver Dalby has been jailed after carrying a knife in public while drunk - Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

A man who hid a Stanley knife from police in the waistband of his trousers when he was drunk outside a pub has been jailed for eight months.

Oliver Dalby, of Bridewell Road, Cambridge, had been drinking in the Barley Mow pub in Histon High Street at around 5pm on November 15.

Bar staff refused to serve the 33-year-old any more alcohol after a couple of hours because they believed he was drunk - but Dalby still returned to the pub later in the evening.

When staff again refused to serve Dalby any more drinks, he became verbally agreesive, shouted in customers’ faces and was escorted outside while the manager waited with him for a taxi to arrive.

As the abuse continued, the manager retreated back inside the pub to call the police, who found the Stanley knife tucked in Dalby’s waistband when they searched him. The blade was in a fixed position.


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In a police interview, Dalby said he didn’t intend to scare anyone and had the knife as he worked on a building site. He claimed the knife was in his bag but “wasn’t thinking” and panicked when police arrived so hid it in his waistband.

DC Becky Hughes, who investigated the case for Cambridgeshire Police, said: “Although the knife was never brandished by Dalby, the fact is he had the blade fixed in position and with him in a public place.

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“There is absolutely no excuse for carrying a knife in public and the consequences of doing so can often be devastating.”

Dalby was due to stand trial for possessing a knife at Cambridge Magistrates’ Court in January, but failed to attend and the case was proved in his absence.

As a result Dalby also pleaded guilty to failing to surrender and was jailed for eight months at Peterborough Crown Court on Monday (27 April).

The maximum penalty for an adult carrying a knife or other offensive weapons in public is four years in prison and a fine of £5,000.

Report anyone carrying a knife by calling police on 101 or on the Cambs Police website. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111 or via the website.

For more information about possessing a knife or an offensive weapon in public, and the laws surrounding it, visit the Cambs Police website.

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