A MAN caught with a lock knife in his pocket said he carried because he was scared when he was in Nelson.

Blackburn magistrates heard officers were called to Railway Street because Jordan Lee Woods was being aggressive and abusive towards residents.

Woods, 20, of Green End Avenue, Earby, pleaded guilty to possessing an offensive weapon in a public place on June 20 and driving without due care and attention and failing to stop after an accident on October 25.

He was made subject to a community order for 12 months with 20 days' rehabilitation activity requirement and 100 hours' unpaid work and ordered to pay £85 costs and £95 victim surcharge.

Tracy Yates, prosecuting, said the driving offences occurred towards the Colne end of the M65 motorway.

Another motorist was slowing down as she approached the roundabout when she heard a loud bang and felt a shunt to the rear of her car.

Woods had run into the back of the car and he said he had wanted to get in the slow lane but misjudged his speed.

Despite slamming on his brakes a collision occurred.

Woods said he got out of his car but started to hyperventilate and drove off.

He was followed by a man in another car who pulled in front of him forcing him to stop.

The male started shouting at him and Woods said he tried to explain what had happened but started hyperventilating again and walked off.

Mrs Yates said dashcam footage showed Woods travelling far to fast to complete the manoeuvre safely.

When police responded to the report of a disturbance in Railway Street Woods had left but he was named by residents.

Police found him nearby and when he was searched found the lock-knife in his pocket.