The railway knifeman ‘drowning in alcohol’

First train direct to London. The Grand Central Media Express from Halifax to London.'Pictured is the train at Brighouse station
First train direct to London. The Grand Central Media Express from Halifax to London.'Pictured is the train at Brighouse station

A RAIL-STATION knifeman has avoided jail.

Andrew Bradley, 39, was drunk at Brighouse railway station when he showed the three-inch blade to a man waiting on the platform.

Bradford Crown Court heard how Bradley, who did not threaten the man, was drinking a can of lager with his shirt off at the time when he took the knife from his bag.

The man suggested Bradley put the knife away, but Bradley told him he only had it because he was going fishing in Halifax and ran the edge of the blade across his stomach to show it wasn’t sharp.

As the train arrived, Bradley put the knife back in the bag, but once on board and without a ticket, he began arguing with the guard.

It was then that the man to whom Bradley had shown the knife told the guard Bradley had a weapon.

He was arrested when the train reached Halifax.

The defendant admitted possessing an article with a blade, as well as six counts of theft dating back to between January 2011 and January 2012. He admitted stealing alcohol twice from B&M Stores in Sowerby Bridge and stealing alcohol, cold meat and cheese from Sainsbury’s, and for failing to attend drug rehabilitation appointments.

He also admitted a public order offence from January 2011 after he drunkenly threw a bottle at a female passenger at Halifax train station because he was angry at missing his train. John Bumfrey, defending, told Bradford Crown Court his client was “utterly immersed and drowning in alcohol addiction” but that he wanted to turn his life around.

Bradley was given a 12-month community order with supervision by the probation service and a nine- month drug rehabilitation order by Recorder Sandra Knapton.