A TEENAGER was arrested after he was seen carrying a knife in the street.

Blackburn magistrates heard less than a month earlier Tyler Jenneys had been before the court for possessing a machete with a 60cm blade in a public place.

Jenneys, 18, of Amersham Grove, Burnley, pleaded guilty to possessing a knife in Briercliffe Road. He was sent in custody to Burnley Crown Court to be sentenced on April 17.

Tracy Yates, prosecuting, said police were alerted to a man carrying a knife at 4.10pm. A witness reported that Jenneys had approached and asked for help before running off.

“The member of the public could see he was carrying a knife,” said Mrs Yates.

When officers approached Jenneys he produced the knife from his pocket and dropped it to the ground.

“He told the officers he had been taking cocaine and needed sectioning,” said Mrs Yates.

Mark Williams, defending, said his client had genuine issues with his mental health which were exacerbated by his use of illegal drugs.

“A lot of his problems stem from him being used by a drug gang in Burnley,” said Mr Williams.

“In the past he has been threatened," he added.