A MAN from Leigh who admitted to possession of knives and an electrical incapacitation device has been spared prison.

Andrew Hulme, 47, was sentenced at Liverpool, Knowsley and St Helens Magistrates’ Court on January 4 before district judge James Clarke.

Hulme had previously pleaded guilty in a hearing on November 7 to offences including two counts of possession of a lock knife in a public place.

He also admitted to possession of a weapon designed or adapted for the discharge of electricity.

Hulme also pleaded guilty to possession of crack cocaine, driving without insurance and without a valid test certificate.

He committed the offences on October 12, last year, in Talbot Close, St Helens.

Hulme, of Selbourne Street, Leigh, was given a prison sentence of 20 weeks, suspended for 18 months.

A court register said the custodial sentence has been suspended “because there is a realistic prospect of rehabilitation.”

He was given a drug rehabilitation requirement and must do 20 days of rehabilitation activity.

Hulme was also fined £100 for driving without insurance, with no separate penalty for driving without a test certificate.

His driving record was endorsed with six penalty points.