A DRUG dealer who was caught with a knife at a music festival has been locked up.

Preston Crown Court heard how Callum Carrie was spotted by security guard Soheb Valli at the Restricted Forest Festival in Witton Park on September 16 last year.

Prosecuting, Sarah Magill said Mr Valli had some knowledge of a previous conviction Carrie had for a knife-related offence so asked to search him.

Inside Carrie’s rucksack Mr Valli found eight snap bags of cannabis and he also found a lock knife attached to his belt.

Ms Magill said: “He escorted Mr Carrie to the entrance of the facility and waited for the police to arrive.

“There were 2,000 people at the festival.

“His opinion was the defendant posed a risk to the public by being in possession of that knife.

“The defendant was interviewed at Greenbank Police Station on September 17. He admitted to jumping the barrier to enter the festival. He denied drug supply. He claimed it was for personal use.”

Carrie, 18, of Glenluce Crescent, Blackburn, pleaded guilty to possessing cannabis with intent to supply and possessing a bladed article.

The court heard Carrie had committed the offence during the operational period of a seven-month suspended sentence he was given for an offence of possessing a bladed article and possessing cannabis with intent to supply.

Defending, Mark Stuart said Carrie from a good, law-abiding family and his parents had been shocked by his behaviour.

He also said his client had become a mentor to other inmates while in custody.

Mr Stuart said: “He wasn’t actually seen to supply. The number of wraps wasn’t large.

“In relation to the knife there is no suggestion it was used or shown. It was attached to his belt.

“He is not a young man without ability. He’s wasting it at the moment.”

Judge Jonathan Gibson said: “You are 18 years old, nearly 19. I have to sentence you for possession of cannabis with intent to supply and the possession of a knife.

“These offences are made more serious by the fact they were committed at a music festival.

“It is hard to see a more dangerous circumstance where a knife can be carried than in a large crowd of people like that.”

Carrie was sentenced to 12 months in a young offenders’ institution.

A forfeiture and destruction order was made for the lock knife and cannabis.