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Teenager arrested carrying 30 cm-long knife

Seventeen-year-old spat in police officer's face

A court’s heard an off-duty police officer challenged a Douglas teenager carrying a 30-centimetre knife.

Seventeen-year-old Morgan John Ritchie, of Derby Road, appeared before Deputy High Bailiff Christopher Arrowsmith at Douglas Courthouse.

He’s alleged to have possessed an offensive weapon and assaulted a police officer but hasn’t yet entered any pleas.

Prosecution advocate Barry Swain told the court the officer spotted Mr Ritchie walking along North Shore Road, in Ramsey, carrying the silver blade on 16 February.

He told him to drop the knife - when he did so he detained him until other officers arrived.

Mr Swain said Mr Ritchie was drunk and as he was being taken into custody he spat in an officer’s face.

He was arrested and taken to Police Headquarters where he later said he couldn’t remember what happened and answered “no comment” to questions put to him.

Mr Arrowsmith remanded him in custody to next appear before the court on 25 February.

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