Fined for having knife in public place

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A woman who fled from an ambulance crew and was found in hospital grounds with a knife has been fined.

Hannah Baldwin (24), of Rockmount, Pimlico, Clitheroe, pleaded guilty to possessing a bladed article in public.

She was fined £110 and ordered to pay a £20 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates who also ordered the destruction of the knife.

Prosecutor Martine Connah said on November 4th at 4 pm police got a call from an ambulance crew seeking help to search for a patient. Baldwin had earlier threatened to jump off one of Blackpool’s piers and had been in the ambulance.

She then threatened to cut herself and left the ambulance. She was found in the grounds of Blackpool Victoria Hospital with blood coming from a cut on her neck. She handed over a multi-tool containing a knife to police.

Allan Cobain (defending) said it was a sad case of a woman with considerable intelligence who suffered from mental health issues.